2010 – Earth, St James Cavalier, Valletta, Malta

This exhibition celebrates earth in its unmitigated glory. It is a collection of works that reveals my fascination with geological formations as I trace unchartered lines etched on the earth’s surface and explore its unadulterated shapes, forms and voids.

Each tableau is an assemblage of clay slabs that lie next to each other creating a tantalisingly familiar landscape that has no direct contextual reference to the real world. Made from earthenware clay slabs fired to 1060ºC and mounted on board, the pieces explore the poetics of an almost surreal landscape. Fluid lines, texture and vibrant colours characterise the compositions, which often describe imagined, deserted places. The works suggest an earth in a seeming state of order – a structured chaos bound by elemental forces in a given moment in time. Stripped of all things trivial, the landscape becomes a transcendental and almost spiritual experience, a chant that induces a primordial and instinctive state of consciousness.

Earth’s beauty never fails to enthral me and I cherish a primeval longing to be one with it. My earth is sometimes desolate and arid, sometimes lush and alluring but always hauntingly beautiful. I invite you to explore it with me.