Composing Earth and Sky

Rebecca Varidel
25th Feb 2023

Composing Earth and Sky

Catriona Pollard and Belinda Piggott

25 March – 2 April 2023

Barometer Gallery, Paddington

Composing Earth and Sky brings together sculptural works that explore concepts inspired by natural environments and our personal connection to them.

Concerned with humankind’s detachment from the natural world, the artists use materials that are formed in the earth and grow towards the sky to embody this dilemma. With their hands and hearts, they work with their material’s innate qualities to co-create forms that respond to their own environment and personal stories. These are inextricably linked to their landscape - both earth and sky.

By building new foundations and exploring alternative possibilities the artists compose forms that express respect for the tenacity of nature and inevitability of change.

Combining human influence with natural processes, the works highlight we are connected by our existence and experience of living together on this planet. By relinquishing control of nature, we move towards harmony between earth and sky.

Pictured: Holding a Gaze The Universe Saw by Catriona Pollard

About Catriona Pollard

Catriona Pollard is a contemporary artist who uses traditional basketry techniques to transform foraged plant fibres into organic sculptural works. Her unique sculptural work investigates human’s personal connection with the natural world.

By transforming organic material into sculptures, she presents an opportunity to be enchanted by the natural world and the stories it shares. Through her sculptures, she uses nature as a way to connect with people that goes beyond physical beauty, but touches them in a personal and profound way. Ultimately aiming to reignite people’s relationship with nature for the wellbeing of both the human and more than human worlds.

By sharing dialogue with natural materials and allowing them to inform the narrative of her artwork, it means that stories are formed and shared from the landscape in transformational ways – in a language that provides new meanings and relationships with spirit, nature, humans and the landscape – and the interconnectedness of all.

About Belinda Piggott

Belinda lives and works on the unceded land of the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora Nation. Working primarily with sculpture, various bodies of work reference the urban landscape, waterways and the sky. She views her art practice as a portal to explore new ideas; through research, experimentation, and collaboration she challenges her own assumptions and the status quo.

Her unusual process may involve working with large knives and cleavers. At times deliberately breaking seemingly resolved work, she then begins a process of recomposing. Through these actions new foundations and alternative possibilities emerge.

While addressing concerns about the environmental challenges faced by our planet, and beyond, Belinda is constantly amazed at the tenacity of nature and how it emerges - in some form - despite harm inflicted. Her work reflects acceptance our future depends on cultivating harmony between technology and nature.