‘EDGE’ Marnie Ross & Nicky Crowley
Saint Cloche Upstairs / Open – March 6th-17th
Exhibition Launch March 7th, 6-8 pm
Exhibition in conjunction with Art Month 2019
EDGE is an exploration of abstract forms, surface and edge treatments through multi textured paintings and dynamic faceted ceramic structures.
This collaborative exhibition between painter Marnie Ross and ceramic artist Nicky Crowley is the union of two artists with a strong aesthetic connection. The first time Nicky’s works were placed next to Marnie’s there was an obvious relationship. This synergy is apparent in the exploration of shape and the contrast of light and shadow as surfaces meet. As the work sits side by side there is an interesting interplay between the 3D object and the flat surface, promoting a sense of movement and energy.
Nicky Crowley is a Sydney based ceramic artist who creates small batch handcrafted planters and sculptures. Nicky’s philosophy is simple, create what you love and want what you create. When she’s not practicing graphic design, styling, illustrating, painting, weaving, writing, being a mum & partner, she’s playing with clay. For the past 5 years, playing with clay has been her primary expression of creativity – she’s hooked.
Nicky’s flacons grew while coil building vases. While constructing, her hands do the thinking, wandering, moulding and beating. During this time a graphic, multifaceted flacon evolves. The primary shape has now evolved into thrown ball which is then gently dropped to dictate where the flat sides fall then work begins from there.
During this process Nicky is constantly pushing and beating the clay to its limit until she has strong, sharp edges and flat smooth surfaces that catch the light and shade. The body and lid are kept in place with a hardwood stopper. No two flacons are the same.
Glazes have also been specifically developed to highlight the angles and flat surfaces of each bottle, catching light and shadow from all directions. Some glazes pull away from the edges, others hug the surface. She concedes that, “in retrospect the flacons all developed quite naturally, nothing was planned – a little like my life”.
Marnie Ross is a contemporary painter & printmaker based in Sydney. She has been a finalist in numerous art prizes including the Paddington Art Prize and Ravenswood Womens’ Art Prize.
Marnie’s abstract works are a response to organic forms, in particular the evolving shadow patterns cast by tiny branches and seedpods. Nature’s ever-changing designs created by light, movement and time inspire multi-layered compositions of vividly coloured shapes. Her work represents the moments captured as nature is continually reorganised. Activation of the surface is also an integral part of Marine’s practice and adds to the diversity of texture as bold graphic forms float on a base of raw linen or wood.
In this body of work Marnie was inspired by the forms of Nicky’s faceted structures and their materiality. This collaboration encouraged Marnie to expand on her process, revitalising the layered shapes with a focus on contrasting clean lines and soft bleeding edges.
Marnie is also the creator of Little Things Art Prize, which focuses on gratitude and the little things in life that bring us pleasure.
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