Thursday, 1 December 2016

Jane Sawyer: Rain Shadows

It's a pleasure to watch the trajectory of a maker who continues to surprise and inspire. Jane responds to the important issue of climate change and our human need to address the collection, storage and consumption of water. 

Jane's fluid technique of throwing, altering and slip application reflects the qualities of captured water and her fingertips apply slip in rainy-streaks and splashes. 

Excitingly, Jane has also moved 'off' the vessel (bucket & watering can) to the shadow cast by these water carriers. Clay silhouette's become cloud forms, sitting on the wall like a brooding storm on the horizon.

Expanding the phenomenon from which this exhibition takes it's name (1), the shadow becomes a surface on which Jane let's loose with gestural slip and sgraffitto, 'drawing in' the object of her attention. These marks are wonderfully confident and expressive. I suspect years of drawing alongside many other accomplishments!

Rain Shadow explanation from Jane Sawyer's exhibition brochure  
A rain shadow is a dry area on the leeward side of tha mountainous area (away  from the wind). The mountains block the passage of rainproducing weather systems and cast a "shadow" of dryness behind them.  

tacit contemporary art 

312 Johnston Street, Abbotsford

Accompanied by text by poet and writer Carolyn Leach-Paholski.

30 November - 18 December 2016


The Cloud Gatherer, 2016 red eathenware
Rainmakers, 2016 red earthenware


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