27 October · Katrina
In this eponymously titled exhibition, Lyttelton artist Nichola Shanley presents a collection of glazed and unglazed ceramic vessels reminiscent of ancient artefacts and ritualistic objects – traditional drinking cups, funerary urns, candlesticks, vases. Rich, almost animate in their forms and surfaces, they suggest an instinctive, intuitive act of creation that is an immediate as it is elemental. Practical in their use, provocative in their form, these works breach the traditional boundary between sculptural object and domestic vessel to create a body of work that is both enticing and unsettling, familiar and exotic.
“That crossover between sculptural artefact and domestic form exists in many good clay forms,” says Shanley. “The life is in the textures, the surfaces, the patinas and the history.”
Nichola Shanley studied at the University of Canterbury Ilam School of Fine Arts before graduating from the Auckland Society of Arts with a degree in printmaking. Since then, while working as head of art at Burnside High School, she has continued to imbue her work on paper and, increasingly, on porcelain, with a strong, visceral sense of primitivism.
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- Under the Skin
- Ten and a Half - Christmas exhibition 2016
- Wild Spaniards & Friends
- Blue & Co.
- Dancing to Remember, Dancing to Forget
- A conversation with Shannon Williamson, July 2016
- Continuous Positive
- Null & Void
- Gully and Grove
- All that is Solid Collapses into Air
- Infinite View of Determinate You
- Romancing the Ground
- Shanley 2015
- Painted Red Paintings
- Gaiana - Earth NZAC
- The Naked Truth
- XXV – a group show to celebrate our 25 years in business.
- Waiting for the Blue Train
- Drawing with light
- The power of III
- Best Made Plans
- The Painted John Gibbs
- Between the mundane and the metaphysical
- The 10,000-hour rule.
- Christchurch Central Confidential
- He just wanted my washing machine
- Quick Flip – a game of many halves
- Not all card is created equal
- Talismen of Lyttelton artist Dean Venrooy
- The lost art of albumen photography
- Selected Works by Kathryn Madill
- Call for Proposals 2013
- CHAPTER AND VERSE: CHRISTMAS GROUP SHOW
- Be careful what you wish for….
- Ground Speed
- THE SHAPES I WEAR FOR YOU
- Selected Works by Maree Horner
- Hanging matters
- A Boy’s Story by Beverly Rhodes
- Welcome to www.cityart