Sublime Vessels

there is something deeply elemental about clay it is a primal substance
pulsating with ghosts of ancient makers
of hands that shaped forms and vessels filled kilns and stoked furnaces
of creations immersed in the fire and heat transmuting wet earth into permanence
a sacred alchemy

these vessels emerged between the ocean and the bush, the elemental essences of water wind earth fire
infusing beautifully mysterious forms

raw organic sensual strong : smooth flowing light pure
the vessels hint at journeys of transformation
gestation and creation, freedom and flow
echoing archetypal forms of the feminine,
hints of the masculine,
traces of the androgynE
their curves intuitively forming
spines and sails
flowing across hidden chambers
exuding the rhythms of life
as they permeate the realm
of symbol and myth

Hand built in porcelain and earthenware, these archetypal forms are infused with curves intuitively forming spines and sails, flowing across hidden chambers that seem to exude the rhythms of life. Stark’s sculptural ceramics in terracotta and porcelain, an art form anchored around the transformation of the properties of earth through heat and fire, extends upon previous bodies of work in mixed media and painting that has often incorporated the symbolic motif of fire with the physical burning of paperbark, wood, paper and bones. Yet where her previous oeuvre swirled with gothic undercurrents, the new forms are imbued with a sense of calm strength, beauty and transcendence.

Australian artists John Carozza and Tanja Stark delve into mysterious depths with their exhibition of paintings and sculpture [I dreamt of the] Blue Lobster, which opened in Brisbane on Saturday night, February 3rd at Gallery 61, QACI,  Kelvin Grove, Brisbane and runs until February 17.

Reviews here

blue lobster carozza stark 1

Tanja Stark : John Carozza  2018
image: hunter jensen


tanja stark

I’m curious.
About everything.

I write, I read, I wonder.
I think conceptually, I dream archetypally.
I create symbolically.
I make art as much as art makes me.

Media credits  : Blue Legs Media
Starburst Media
Hunter Jenson
Joel McGuin
Leonie Mellor ABC News Australia

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