16 – 27 February 2022
Opening night:Wednesday 16th February, 6 – 8pm
Meet the artist: Saturday 19th February, 11am – 2pm
Catalogue & Price List: View PDF Catalogue (2.2 Mb)
“Art happens… to be a matter of self-evidence and feeling, and of the inferences of feeling, rather than of intellection or information, and the reality of art is disclosed only in experience, not in reflection upon experience.”
– Clement Greenberg
Following on from a highly successful debut in 2021, exhibiting alongside painter Hannah Nowlan in ‘Soul Bed’, we welcome back Belarusian artist, Tatsiana Shevarenkova with her first solo show ‘All Forgiving’.
The ‘Soul Bed’ exhibition was highly successful with the show being picked out from 4700 entries and 87 countries and long listed in the Dezeen Exhibition Design Awards.
A long fortuitous career working for the fast paced industry of fashion magazines in Russia spurred a career shift, and in the process, Tatsiana moved to Sydney. Her aesthetic evolved into the slow-paced world of being a self-taught ceramicist.
“This body of work appeals to the realms of intuition and affect. Too much information often smothers the pleasure of mystery and gradual discovery.
Viktor Shklovsky said that the goal of art is to create the sensation of seeing rather than recognising. The charm of sculpture is the sensation of seeing and rarely the immediate recognition of an object or contextualisation after the fact. All forgiving is sympathetic to this primal impulse and invites the viewer to be pulled into the collection, to be allured by forms which may or may not make aesthetic sense or may or may not mean anything.
It is undeniable that I am influenced by the great biomorphic sculptors, and it is true that each sculpture is biomorphic, but to what extent?
Often, deep into practice, the observation of what is in my hands, before me, becomes detached. In this meditative space, I’m relieved from the burden of thought and will – of trying to make or communicate something. Forms begin to take shape when liberated from my own impositions. In this sense, they do not only resemble organic patterns but are the product of something profoundly natural, autonomous, and beyond the capture of language.
These works are constituted by something visceral and are forgiven from providing any other explanation. This freedom – and the softness of it – can be sensed at first glance.”
~ Tatsiana Shevarenkova
About Tatsiana Shevarenkova
Tatsiana Shevarenkova is a Belarusian artist based in Sydney. After a career as a fashion stylist in Moscow, she moved to Australia in 2019 and began to explore her curiosity of more tactile mediums. As a self-taught artist, she founded COSSET CERAMICS in 2020 and began to explore sculptural forms.
Moved by the biomorphic sculptors of the mid 20th century, she creates dramatic but utilitarian objects through a diverse range of throwing and hand-building techniques. Finding the correct balance, proportions and thickness of the figurative sculptures is a fine-tuned process. Making the weight of the form sustain itself can take days of building with additional days to refine texture with contours.