Surface Revisions

with Anna Varendorff

Jam Factory

Adelaide, Australia

2018

Alana Wilson, Anna Varendorff, Surface Revisions, Jam Factory, Adelaide

L-R U Lamp, Short Wide / Perforated Shade (after N.K) 2018 Brass, silver solder; Terracotta with copper glaze and sgrafitto gold inlay 45 x 20 x 15cm & Double Hemisphere / Rising Sun 2018 / 2017 Brass, silver solder; Terracotta with zinc glaze 24 x 12 x 12cm

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Bowing Lamp / Perforated CuC03 Plate
Bowing Lamp / Perforated CuC03 Plate

2018 Brass, silver solder; Terracotta with reactive copper glazes 45 x 50 x 18cm

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L-R U Lamp, Tall Narrow / Perforated Rutile Shade 2018 Brass, silver, solder; Terracotta with reactive rutile glazes 52 x 20 x 15cm & Vertical Cup Short / Imprinted Ceremonial 2018 Brass, silver solder; Terracotta with reactive stoneware glazes 33.5 x 20 x 20cm

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Elevated Circle / Elevated Ceremonia
Elevated Circle / Elevated Ceremonia

2018 Brass, silver solder; Terracotta with reactive rutile glazes 49 x 42 x 28cm

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Bowing Lamp / Perforated CuC03 Plate
Bowing Lamp / Perforated CuC03 Plate

2018 Brass, silver solder; Terracotta with reactive copper glazes 45 x 50 x 18cm

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Grotto / Rising Sun 2018 / 2017 Brass, silver, solder; Terracotta with reactive glaze and sea salt deposits 18 x 21 x 14cm & Sanded Shino Concave Ceremonial 2018 8 x 19 x 19cm

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Vertical Cup Tall / Reflected Form
Vertical Cup Tall / Reflected Form

2018 Brass, silver solder; Terracotta with reactive glaze and sea salt deposits 42 x 20 x 19cm

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(bottom) NYCT Teabowl 2017 Terracotta with reactive stoneware titanium glazes 6.5 x 11.5 x 11.5cm & (top) Zinc Ceremonial 2018 Terracotta with zinc glaze 5 x 13 x 12.5cm

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Complex Circle Frame / Light Bowl
Complex Circle Frame / Light Bowl

2018 Brass, silver, solder; Terracotta with rutile glaze and sea salt deposits 26.5 x 15.5 x 15.5cm

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Surface Revisions
Surface Revisions
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Elevated Shelf / Black Bronze Plate
Elevated Shelf / Black Bronze Plate

2018 / 2016 Brass, silver solder; Terracotta with copper glaze and sea salt deposits 36 x 15 x 11cm

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Surface Revisions
Surface Revisions

Strontium Rose Teabowl 2018 Terracotta with reactive stoneware glaze 6 x 14 x 14cm & Pooled Salt Ceremonial 2018 Terracotta with stoneware glazes and sea salt deposits 6 x 12 x 12cm

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Surface Revisions, Alana Wilson, Anna Varendorff, Jam Factory, Adelaide
Surface Revisions, Alana Wilson, Anna Varendorff, Jam Factory, Adelaide

Surface Revisions

with Anna Varendorff

A meeting was arranged and a casual studio visit was organised. I had seen Alana's pieces and was mesmerised by the scale, the shapes and the skins of these objects. The nuanced surfaces of the clay bodies allowed for textural explorations not possible in the metal I work in. I was lost in these lunar forms, with their chalky or crystalline concentrations of surface texture and glaze.

 

Conversation began between the two of us, both working always in different cities and in different materials, but in similar scales, and coincidentally with a parallel interest in light.

 

The conversation became translated into the making of collaborative works, conceived of and fabricated in a similar way to the reciprocal nature of our verbal exchange, but in physical form. An idea, a gesture, an object, was passed or posted between us for the recipient to return with an addition, a material contribution, a physical development.

The circle repeated as both strategy and as formal concern in the pieces we were making. Perhaps the completeness of circles, or the open-ness of them? Their natural lack of hierarchy? They presented again and again in the works, contributed by both of us. 

 

To see what creatures can emerge from trying to make single bodies from two skins has been the circular, open ended nature of this project and conversation. Both of us trusting in the final outcomes, we as much the audience to our own work emerging as is the gallery visitor when it is finally on display. 

- Anna Varendorff