Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/rokcommon/RokCommon/Registry.php on line 381

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/rokcommon/RokCommon/Registry.php on line 394
isiiad - "Urge" -A Celebration

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/gantry/core/utilities/gantryregistry.class.php on line 326

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/gantry/core/utilities/gantryregistry.class.php on line 339

"Urge"- A Celebration

SoftBlueSculpture3_s

The night after Susan Reddrop delivered her work to the MARS Gallery for this exhibition, she delivered another precious gift to the world.  That night, her daughter was born at home with the help of a supportive team.

Two days later she was at the opening, glowing and holding her precious bundle.  How appropriate given the theme of her exhibition. "Urge".  The urge to create. The urge to create life.  The urge to create art. The theme is embodied in glass shapes depicting women in the midst of childbirth, at the height of their power. The theme is reiterated in Max Milne's photographs which accompany the sculptures. In these photographs, Susan naked and very pregnant, creates sculptural shapes against Montsalvat backdrops.  Montsalvat is rich with references to sculpture and creativity.  It's sculptural legacy through the work of Matcham Skipper and others is well documented here and other places.  The urge to create was woven into the buildings and grounds from it's beginnings many decades ago.

Where Susan's sculptures have a monumental timeless quality, the photographs are anchored in the past and the present.

BlueSculp3_s

Susan has worked in her studio at Montsalvat for long enough to make some very strong connections with that community.  They were out in numbers to support her. From Morag Fraser, Chair of the Board, Rob Hauser CEO, Sigmund Jorgensen son of Justus Jorgensen, to August Skipper, grandson of Matcham Skipper.  There was a lot of great energy present in the room.

MoragSculpture4

There's a beautiful reference to Artemis the goddess of childbirth in the naming of the pieces.  Artemis 1-12. 

 GreenSculpture2

The range of colour in the glass, blues, greens and mauves, is deliberately on the calm end of the colour spectrum.

PurpleSculpture2_s

Sculpture2_s

BlueSculpture2_s

RobertLindsay_s

Robert Lindsay, Director of the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, opened the exhibition.

MaxMilneandSusan_s

Max Milne and Susan Reddrop amongst their work last night.

ClearGlassSculpture2_s

Thank you so much to Susan for reminding me to celebrate women's ability to create life and art.  

MARS Gallery is at 418 Bay Street Port Melbourne.  The exhibition runs until 29th May 2011 and includes the work of Jud Wimhurst, "WARFAREWEAR" and Julie Collins and Derek John, "Messages to the World".

Susan Reddrop can be contacted via her website.


Parent Category: Arts
Facebook Image

Susan Reddrop cont...

Susan Reddrop cont... (Front) Theses photos came in today from Susan Reddrop. Another great piece. Here's a commentary in her own words... "called 'Table Ornament for… More…

Congratulations to Peter Wegner, winner of the 2011 Nillumbik Prize

Congratulations to Peter Wegner! Winner of the 2011 Nillumbik Prize. Peter Wegner Man Resting 2011 oil on canvas, 153x123cm (detail) I know that you've seen this photo of Peter's… More…

Rick Amor

Rick Amor I've seen a few artists studios now. My eyes are always busy darting around looking for clues to an artist's work. Rick Amor's studio is typically revealing. Influences… More…

Dena's Progress cont...

Dena's Progress cont... The key aspect of this piece of work is beginning to emerge. It's scale is not obvious from the photo. It's approximately two and a half meters long by… More…

Dena's Progress

Dena's Progress You may remember Montsalvat's artist in residence Dena Ashbolt. That's her above, stepping into her studio space today. Unfortunately, last week she was unwell so… More…

Timothy Clarkson Ceramic Artist

Timothy Clarkson Ceramic Artist The great news from Montsalvat is that more studios have been made available for new artists to join the arts community there. Before Christmas I… More…

Dena Ashbolt. Artist in Residence Montsalvat.

Dena Ashbolt. Artist in Residence Montsalvat. Dena Ashbolt is Montsalvat's latest artist in residence. She arrived there over a week ago and will be there for six weeks in all.… More…

Violins, flutes and Japanese Ink painting.

David Brown... violin maker, Shakuhachi flute maker and Sumi-e painter... Yes that's right, one artist, many skills. Add an Aikido master with 6th dan to that already impressive… More…

Ruth Marshall

Ruth Marshall I was beside myself with excitement about meeting Ruth Marshall. What would you say the chances were of me missing meeting her in New York last year by a day, only… More…

David Moore teacher Montsalvat

David Moore- Teacher Montsalvat David Moore teaches oil painting in the cottage at Montsalvat. He's been teaching there for many years and has a dedicated following of students,… More…

Symbols of Loss and Recovery

Symbols of Loss and Recovery I had such an adventure finding Leanne Mooney's studio last Friday. It's out on a dirt track at Christmas Hills, across a creek and through the bush.… More…

Chris Pittard. Red Chair Event

Chris Pittard Red Chair Event Last night was one of those cold wet Melbourne winter nights, when the most appealing thing is to snuggle up beside the fire. I did think about not… More…

Mariella McKinley

Mariella McKinley Photograph courtesy of the artist. Just when I thought Montsalvat couldn't possibly do anything more to delight me, I met Mariella McKinley. She's been working… More…

The Whistler, Matcham Skipper

The Whistler, Matcham Skipper 1922-2011 I wish I'd met Matcham Skipper. His farewell gave me a glimpse of him. Whistler, story teller, father of many. I've seen his work of… More…

Simon Baigent

Simon Baigent at Montsalvat Simon has lived and worked at Montsalvat since 1973. He is tightly woven into the fabric of the place. Staff at The Meeting Pool (Montsalvat's… More…

"Urge"

"Urge" (Susan's work from a previous exhibition, in her studio at Malvern.) I've got a photo of a piece from Susan Reddrop's exhibition "Urge", due to open next Wednesday. I was… More…

jan preston

Jan Preston When I was young, my dear old Dad introduced me to Dixieland Jazz. Whenever it came on the radio he would get this big grin on his face and point out features of the… More…

Liz Nettleton

Liz Nettleton I came across Liz's work at the exhibition Symbols of Loss and Recovery at Montsalvat. So I hopped in my car yesterday and headed out to her studio at Hurstbridge to… More…

Montsalvat extension

Montsalvat Extension As I suspected, a Month in Montsalvat just wasn't enough. It officially ends today but I still want to bring you a special tribute to Matcham Skipper, a piece… More…

Montsalvat's Peacocks

Montsalvat's Peacocks I've succumbed to the beauty of Montsalvat's peacocks. The much loved, oft photographed peacocks were on display when I visited a week ago and I couldn't… More…

Copyright

THIS ENTIRE SITE © 2010-2012 ISIIAD. ALL OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS AND WRITTEN MATERIAL HEREIN, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, ARE COPYRIGHTED BY ISIIAD. NO PART OF THIS SITE, OR ANY OF THE CONTENT CONTAINED HEREIN, MAY BE USED OR REPRODUCED IN ANY MANNER WHATSOEVER WITHOUT EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER.