‘CHROMATIC’ – Natalie Rosin
14 – 25 October 2020
“My house is my refuge, an emotional piece of architecture, not a cold piece of convenience.”
– Luis Barragan
Saint Cloche welcomes back Ceramic sculptor Natalie Rosin with ‘Chromatic’ – a play on tones of the chromatic scale relating to colour phenomenon and sensation observed in architecture.
For this body of work, Natalie was inspired by the colourful and surreal anomalies of the built world. Three strong influences for this exhibition include Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill, Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier and Mexican architect Luis Barragan. Each, in their own way has embraced the use of bold colour, poetically offering different hues in a thoughtful, considered way and never as an afterthought. Another design trademark offered by these influences is the repetitive use of – the arch, the stair and openings to let the outdoors, inside – anchoring the architecture to its natural surroundings. Each designer enhances the experience of light, shadow, depth and a sense of place and orientation, offering spaces with mindfully placed apertures that succinctly frame views of the encompassing landscape, that when combined together, convey an acute indication of the passing of time. You cannot be within the architectural spaces created by one of these masters and not have an awareness of the day’s passage on an ever-unfolding march forward.
“The notion of space-time is fundamental for creativity. When you can create not from a single point of view but rather to create with movement in mind. When you learn to read space in this way, is when you can really experience the pleasure of being in a space.”
– Ricardo Bofill
“This was a challenging body of work for me. So often influenced by modernist white and neutral tones, the use of coloured glazes is something I absolutely love, and also absolutely fear at the same time; what if the colour is not right?
To study these vibrant, bold and almost disruptive projects and form my own sculptural interpretations remind me how much architecture can inspire and evoke so much emotion and awe.
Having developed this body of work well within the midst of a pandemic, I feel more than ever that our wellbeing is nourished from being surrounded with people, spaces and artefacts which are beautiful, inspiring, playful and vibrant.”
– Natalie Rosin
“Space and light and order. Those are the things that humans need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.”
– Le Corbusier
Natalie Rosin is an architectural graduate and ceramicist practicing in Sydney, Australia. Her work embraces the intersection, conflict and dialogue between these disciplines, forming both sculptural and functional handmade ceramic objects. Throughout her practice, Natalie’s work explores form, either architectural model or ceramic sculpture, whose fluid properties and flexible structure are characteristic of neither discipline. Natalie has worked in various architectural studios in addition to more recently practicing as a full-time artist for private commissions, exhibitions and installations.
Saint Cloche will be proudly taking part in Sydney Craft Week by showing some of Natalie’s work to celebrate and applaud creativity and all things crafted by hand. The theme for this year is Change Makers and the program launches on 19th September with the Festival running from 9 – 18 October 2020.