On Sunday 17 September, join artists Ruth Waller and Toni Warburton in conversation with Tony Oates for the launch of the catalogue publication of Jardinière. Attendance is free but registration is essential. Please register using this link.
Jardinière in English refers to an ornamental dish, a receptacle or a stand in which a potted plant sits. Its function is to bring the wilds of nature into a domestic setting. In French the word denotes a ‘gardener’ – someone who tends to plants, flowers or vegetables, who seeks to cultivate and establish a sense of wonder – much like an artist.
Painter Ruth Waller and ceramicist Toni Warburton share a fascination with the earthenware artefact – vase, jar and figurine. Their complicity has generated a dialogue in which they adapt and modify their idioms to establish a common ground.
For Warburton the container is an archetypal form. It is energised by associations with the earth. Alluding to coral species, algal blooms, fossilisation, and carapaces – her work is inspired by nature’s diversity. She works between Gadigal and Gundungurra land.
For Ruth Waller “the motif of the vase or jardinière planter becomes a holder of the eye, a kind of key to the painting from which to push the play of figure/ground, shape/form and form/space in ambiguous ways.” Ruth draws much of her inspiration from urban nature reserves in the suburbs of Canberra on Ngunnawal and Ngambri land.
Left: Ruth Waller, Squat vase of blooms, 2023, 55x41cm, acrylic on timber panel and balsa blocks, 55 x 41 cm. Courtesy the artist and Nancy Sever Gallery. Photo David Patterson. Right: Toni Warburton, Oyster catcher vase, 2022, glazed raku clay. Private collection. Photo Rob Little.
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