Terracotta and porcelain paperclay with mixed reactive slips and stoneware glazes. Dimensions variable.
White stoneware with reactive slip and tin glaze. 29 x 23 x 23cm
Terracotta paperclay with stoneware glaze. 26 x 22 x 22cm
Terracotta paperclay with reactive slip and stoneware tin glaze. 35 x 26 x 26cm
Porcelain paperclay with reactive slip and stoneware glaze. 41 x 32 x 32cm
Lux initially evolved as a continuation and refined exploration of similar ideas and aesthetics outlined in the Cerebral Reef works. The continued contrast of primitive and crude with light, subtle and contemporary is a recurring thread in the artists work. Lux (which translates to light in Latin) was Alana Wilson's first solo exhibition at Sabbia Gallery in Paddington, Sydney.
Primary inspiration was drawn from artworks and images depicting light and water. The stark and sublime nature of the works of Dan Flavin, colour photographs of Robert Smithson's 'Spiral Jetty' (1970), grainy Richard Prince films and Adalberto Libera's Casa Malaparte (Capri, 1937) all formed an aesthetic catalyst of monolithic works exploring light, space, nature and water. The colours and hues of Lux are predominantly light and airy, resulting in a strange harmony with the crude and decaying surface layers.
Large vessels such as Shallows, Paradise, Lacuna and Palisades all reference utilitarian vessels of the Jomon (Japan, 10,000BC - 300BC) and Yayoi (Japan, Korea & China, 1,000BC - 300AD) cultures. The large scale of these works purposefully relates to the scale of the human body and attempts to highlight the physicality and presence of the objects to the viewer. The compositions of Co-exist, Co-exist II, Bloom, and Voyage explore the use of colour and space between smaller vessels, unifying graceful silhouettes with crude surface textures. Cerebral Reef III is an evolved exploration of experimentally-glazed teabowls, exhibited in a concise row to depict the specimen-like qualities of the small vessels.