Theatre / “Australia Day”, Canberra Repertory, until 2 December. Reviewed by JOHN LOMBARD.
Since retiring from CraftACT, Amesbury has been settling back into her creative practice and is one of the artists participating in the third instalment of “Rare Earth: Australian Made”, opening at the Level 4 Loft in the Strand Arcade in Sydney tonight (July 13), which is supported by the Design Institute of Australia and the “Courtesy of the Artist” shop.
It’s an unusual combination, since the other artists, Cesar Cueva, Cinnamon Lee, Marina Antoniou, Fealofani Elisara, Todd Turner, Emma Fielden and gem cutter Doug Menadue, are jewellery makers, but then again, the fine Australian gemstones and precious metals they use, like clay, come from the earth.Amesbury’s new body of work is an expression of her attraction to the notion of place. The vessels are in the medium of southern ice porcelain, which was originally developed by Les Blakebrough in Tasmania. In the process of making them, she has sourced volcanic ash, and clay from the riverbed in Barragga Bay, NSW.
“Rare Earth: Australian Made”, level 4 Loft, Strand Arcade, Sydney until July 28, Monday to Friday, 10am-5.30pm, Thursday, 10am-7pm, Saturday, 10am-4pm, or by appointment.