Thursday, April 25, 2013

before time.

alex standon's beautiful solo ceramic exhibition at Sabbia Gallery

A few years ago I met a lovely lady called Alex Standon when she came to work behind the gallery desk at Object.

Alex was completing her honours degree in ceramics at the National Art School, and was about to head out to an indigenous arts community for a few months on a residency. At the time I remember how excited she was to be leaving for her big adventure - curious to see how the desert would inspire her work.

Well - nearly two years have passed since then, and Alex has now graduated, been awarded the 2012 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award in the emerging category, AND, has exhibited her award winning pieces at Shepparton Regional Gallery in Victoria. 
Big few years!!

This year Alex moved her studio to the Southern Highlands and created new collection of ceramic pieces for her first solo exhibition entitled Before time could change us, that opened a few night ago at Sabbia Gallery in Paddington. And before the gallery space swelled with friends and family,  I took the opportunity to take a few photos and enjoy a long, close look at each piece. 

In her artist statement Alex described the way she likes to make objects that are natural, structural and contained - objects that can draw breath, hold volume - and speak of energy and emotion. 

I love the raw feeling that is contained in her hand built, wood fired pieces. 
Maybe they reflect her journey to the indigenous arts centre... and the burnt orange desert that surrounds it?
Ill have to ask Alex when I see her next.

But in the meantime... Im just going to enjoy looking at these beautiful objects.
It is a brilliant exhibition and well worth a tiny look.

Congratulations Alex! 
I hope you enjoyed the opening night 

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