Until Monday 1 June 2015 …
A Far Way West is a small display of objects consolidating a five-month creative and personal journey of the young artist Aniquah Stevenson. Stevenson has made her way from Melbourne to the limestone sands of Western Australia in order to seek knowledge in the field of contemporary crafts. She has spent the majority of this time living in Dunsborough while interning and gaining work experience from local potter and business owner Myles Happ at Happ’s Pottery. Myles Happ and local artists such as Alison Brown, Namaya Fox and Lynne Holden, and many others in the community, have been an integral part of the learning journey for this young artist and key components in the display of small works at MONO Store, Busselton.
A Far Way West combines the artist’s love of object making, spatial composition and the environment and hopes that one may spend some time finding ever smaller points of interest and inspiration. The collection of works feature seed pods and organic forms scattered among handmade and found objects including black and white ceramic bowls, glass spheres strung on copper wire and a round floor painting inspired by the Western Australian landscape.
A few words from Aniquah Stevenson:
For the installation I have created a hanging wall piece made of glass and copper. This piece hangs vertically from top to bottom along the wall on the left hand side of the display window, and consists of strands of copper wire threaded through clear glass orbs which are approximately 7cm in diameter.
For the floor piece I utilise the lower part of the window where I have arranged 3-5 glazed ceramic bowls which were made during my time at Happ’s pottery and were glazed with the help of local potter Alison Brown in her signature matte black and white glazes. One of the bowls is placed on top of a round watercolour painting focusing on the colours of the Western Australian bush and inspired by watercolour workshops I attended with Lynne Holden at the Busselton Art Society. There is another slightly smaller black bowl propped up off the ground by wooden stilts, behind this is a slightly larger white bowl standing on a hand crafted wooden stool made using advice from the woodwork men at Art Geo and a member of the community. This bowl contains water and succulents from the Happ’s garden and draws a relationship between itself and the round floor painting. Amongst these pieces there are collected pieces from the garden, (rocks, seeds or tiny bits of discarded glaze) thoughtfully placed within either bowl, glass orb or on the ground creating even smaller points of interest.
20 May – 1 June 2015
A Far Way West: Aniquah Stevenson
MONO Store, 3/55 Queen Street, Busselton WA 6280
T: 0475 345 552
Monday to Friday, 8am – 4pm
Saturday, 8am – 1pm