Australian Art

'As the Crow Flies' D. GILL & S. ORMONDE

The Last Golden Perch, drawing
The Last Golden Perch, drawing

06 September 2012 - 28 October 2012

Sarah Ormonde - bowl
Sarah Ormonde - bowl


Drawings by DEE GILL and Ceramics by SARAH ORMONDE
The Catch 2, Drawing, Dee Gill
The Catch 2, Drawing, Dee Gill


The exhibition upstairs, 'As the Crow Flies' by Dee Gill and Sarah Ormonde are also personal journeys but in a more abstract and/or scientific manner. Dee Gill drawings are the result of her involvement with an archaeological survey team, “examining what the dry lake systems of arid inland south eastern Australia can tell us about the impact of fluctuating climatic conditions on the environment and human behaviour prior to and since the last Ice Age.” 25,000 years ago, lakes were full, and fish and bird life was abundant, supporting a substantial Aboriginal population. At the end of the Ice Age, hot harsh conditions dried up the lakes “leaving behind only the most subtle signs of human occupation – tiny fish bones, shells, fragile cooking hearths and fine shards of stone…” Dee has depicted these fragments in minute detail to study and pose questions about the history and future of this ancient land. Sarah Ormonde, an accomplished ceramicist, describes a similar interest in the history and future of the environment. Her beautiful ceramic forms are created using combined terracotta and porcelain clays. Pots’ surfaces are scratched and scored in a way that suggests the arid, harsh conditions of dried river and lake beds. Aerial views of a dry landscape and glimpses of remaining fragments, seen as the crow flies, are abstract, powerful statements about the land.

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