This intimate collection, remnants of the previous exhibition, explores the poetics of a surreal landscape. Each tableau is an assemblage of clay slabs that lie next to each other creating a tantalisingly familiar landscape but without any direct contextual reference to the real world. The compositions are characterised by fluid lines, texture and vibrant colours that describe imagined, deserted places. Cassar’s “earth” is sometimes desolate and arid, sometimes lush and alluring but always hauntingly beautiful.
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.
This collection is an intimate journey that explores an ever changing landscape. It is a journey of self-discovery, often starting from a visual clue that is modelled in the wet clay and transformed into an aesthetically stunning work. The work is an expression of a context in a moment in time, a poetic rendering of what might otherwise be a mundane layer of rocks. Each single slab of clay embraces the next to form a complex arrangement of lines and shapes, meandering passages, islands of texture and colour. The simple compositions lure the viewer, the deeper nuances of the works asking for a private, more personal appreciation of the whole. Each piece is an interaction of forces at play, a flow of artistic thought frozen in clay, a game that is played on more than one level.
Defying Squares is an intimate but bold exploration of the ceramic surface and a challenge to the boundaries set by an imaginary square, a dichotomy balancing composition and an urge to defy, to be different within the parameters of a self-imposed norm. Each piece is a statement of defiance as the square is broken, the edges pushed in or out. Edges that melt or protrude, sometimes purposefully, sometimes indifferently, oblivious to the boundaries of the square. And each piece celebrates a story that is as personal as it is public, a juxtaposition of experiences and artistic discipline purged by fire.
Welcome to No Place. This is an artist’s landscape – a chemistry of clay, fire and experiences. It is a juxtaposition of the real and imagined; a fiction of a very fervid imagination, a place in which everything is as should be. It is the archaeology of an imagined earth, a vocabulary of intimate symbols and an attempt to capture fragile fragments of life. It is an open invitation to explore an alternative state of being, an exquisite form of sheer escapism from the mundane and commonplace.