Catriona Pollard‘s new body of work is the culmination of the awarded 2021 Northern Beaches Art Residency – it focuses on the relationship between nature and hope that touched so many of us during lockdown.

Sydney fibre artist Catriona Pollard’s seventh solo exhibition is coming up next month and is titled ‘The Volume of Hope’. Tapping into the energy of nature, the new body of work is a meditation on the natural world exploring its ability to generate hope.

Running from 11-21 November 2021 at Eramboo Artist Environment, Terrey Hills, the exhibition is the culmination of the awarded 2021 Northern Beaches Art Residency. It includes sculptures using traditional basketry techniques with foraged and discarded plant material, recycled copper, paper and moving image.

I Dwell In Possibilities, Ficus Pumila + Copper wire, 330 x 200 x 36cm
Only In Darkness Can You See The Stars, Foraged Vine + Recycled Electrical Copper wire + Charcoal, 224x 100 x 15cm

“It’s the wonder of nature which people flocked to during the COVID lockdown seeking that powerful link between hope and nature. It seems like never before has it been so necessary to search out and rely on hope,” says Catriona.

“Encountering nature – listening to the wind in the trees, smelling the earth, tasting the rain, watching an ant walk across a rock – increases hope directly as it intrinsically demonstrates the interconnectedness of all things.”

“This sense of connectedness and appreciation of the more than human world is an essential source of hope. It links us to future possibilities and to the greater living world around us and the sense of wonder and joy that only nature can provide.”

“Hope also inspires responsibility for conserving the more than human world and recognising the interdependence between the welfare of humans and the natural world,” she adds.

Catriona has established a reputation as a distinctive fibre artist who uses traditional basketry techniques to transform foraged plant fibres into sculptural works. She uses the process of observing nature to inspire her, and the work offers glimpses of shapeshifting natural forms, from unnoticed branches, leaves and seedpods into shapes that celebrate the abundance of nature.

By transforming organic material into sculptures, she is investigating the battle humans have between controlling nature and seeing themselves in harmony with it.

Catriona was awarded the 2021 Northern Beaches Artist in Residency, has exhibited extensively in selected and group exhibitions and has been shortlisted in art awards including Environmental Art & Design Award, Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize, Northern Beaches Art Prize, North Sydney Art Prize, Warringah Art Prize, Emerging Artist of the Year Craft NSW, Little Things Art Prize and Mosman Art Gallery.

Exhibition details:
When: 11-21 November 2021
Opening: Sunday 14 November 2021, 2 – 4pm
Times: 10am – 4:00pm
Location: Eramboo Artist Environment, 304 McCarrs Creek Rd, Terrey Hills

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