New Generation Gallery

Sarah Jane Colleran


New Generation Gallery

I am particularly interested in human interactions with the natural world and the experience of being part of nature. Clay is central to my practice, because as a medium it is essentially matter compressed over centuries. Working with clay is slow and meditative, merging deep time with slow art. My project involves the expanded use of ceramic materials and processes. I create clay figures that reference female fertility idols, traditional connections with the land/earth, and ideas of the sacred feminine. My work is also a means of dealing with issues of grief, loss and mortality. Some of the figures have a kind of dreamlike/nightmarish quality. They are both a part of nature, and at war with it. Some incorporate elements of fungus, suggesting an organic connection to the earth and the possibility that they might be returning to nature, decaying into the ground.

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Ecological succession