Lux

2013

alana wilson, artist, ceramics, sydney, australia, sabbia gallery
alana wilson, artist, ceramics, sydney, australia, sabbia gallery
Co-exist II, Co-exist
Co-exist II, Co-exist

Porcelain and terracotta paperclay with mixed stoneware glazes. Dimensions variable.

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Co-exist II, Co-exist
Co-exist II, Co-exist

Porcelain and terracotta paperclay with mixed stoneware glazes. Dimensions variable.

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Bloom, Paradise
Bloom, Paradise
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Bloom
Bloom

Porcelain and terracotta paperclay with reactive slips and stoneware glazes. Dimensions variable.

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Lacuna, Voyage
Lacuna, Voyage

Terracotta and porcelain paperclay with mixed reactive slips and stoneware glazes. Dimensions variable.

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Drift, Azure II, Composure, Drift II
Drift, Azure II, Composure, Drift II

Porcelain and terracotta paperclay with mixed reactive slips and stoneware and earthenware glazes. All 22cm high.

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Paradise
Paradise

White stoneware with reactive slip and tin glaze. 29 x 23 x 23cm

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Palisades
Palisades

Terracotta paperclay with stoneware glaze. 26 x 22 x 22cm

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Lacuna
Lacuna

Terracotta paperclay with reactive slip and stoneware tin glaze. 35 x 26 x 26cm

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Shallows
Shallows

Porcelain paperclay with reactive slip and stoneware glaze. 41 x 32 x 32cm

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alana wilson, artist, ceramics, sydney, australia, sabbia gallery

(L-R) Mirage II, Echelon III, Solis, Mirage IV, Composure V, Echelon IV, Shallows II, Cascades (pair), Submerse, Drift II. Porcelain and terracotta paperclay with mixed reactive slips and stoneware glazes. Dimensions variable.

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Composure V
Composure V

Porcelain paperclay with stoneware glaze. 18cm x 14cm x 14cm

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Mirage III
Mirage III

Terracotta paperclay with stoneware glaze. 10cm x 17cm x 15cm

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Mirage IV
Mirage IV

Terracotta paperclay with reactive slip and stoneware glaze. 21cm x 15cm x 15cm

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Echelon III
Echelon III

Porcelain paperclay with reactive titanium slip and stoneware glaze. 16cm x 11cm x 11cm

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Shallows II
Shallows II

Porcelain paperclay with reactive slip and stoneware titanium glaze. 30cm x 20cm x 20cm

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Drift II
Drift II

Porcelain paperclay with reactive slip and stoneware glaze. 20cm x 15cm x 15cm

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Cascades
Cascades

Terracotta paperclay with stoneware glaze. 7cm x 12cm x 7cm

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Cerebral Reef III
Cerebral Reef III

Porcelain and terracotta paperclay with mixed stoneware glazes. 7 x 90 x 7cm

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Cerebral Reef III
Cerebral Reef III

Porcelain and terracotta paperclay with mixed stoneware glazes. 7 x 90 x 7cm

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Lux

 

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.