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Arabella Ross

About Us

The colours, influences and ideas expressed in my paintings on canvas emanate from a voice within. The voice is the paint, pigments, images, drawings and marks which come together to form a strong narrative. Narrative and drawing are always the starting points. Painting becomes an extended field in which physical and mental energies converge and condense ideas through gestures, intuitions and intentions. This imagined space holds unlimited potential for playing out meaning. The magic land, the temenos formed by painting and the infinite potential of the blank canvas, becomes the land where space and time are reinvented.

 

The surface qualities of my glazed work are closely linked with my painting and printmaking.  When mixing my glazes I often spoon in the oxides and powders that I have learnt from experience will give me a richness that I am seeking.  While constructing and assembling my sculptures I work intuitively, piecing together and creating clay collages. 

Past experiences from travells to India and Japan have influenced the natural, earthy qualities in my clay sculptures, like my Himalayan mountain shrines where I have used a subtle ceramic colour and coarse textures made by throwing the clay onto the ground.

The narrative for my work in clay begins with process; drawings, photographs, attic rooms, orchards, mixing mud pies, childhood memories of what a home felt like, and what my potential could be within these spaces.  I draw on imagery of exposed and sunlit interiors, rooms with peeling paint and drawings on clay echoing childhood drawings attached to kitchen walls and doors.  My current piece of work titled "I am a House" references the appearance of a dwelling that has been emptied, the painter’s easel, presence and identity contained within the space of the walls, the front facade of the building taken away.  Within the vessel there are visual clues to windows, room shapes and doors. Concepts of “home and studio” relate to the essence of containment in myself.

"I am a House”  Stoneware 2017 "I am a Houseā€ Stoneware 2017
Abandoned industrial factory.  Stoneware 2017 Abandoned industrial factory. Stoneware 2017
Machinery from disused factory. Stoneware 2017 Machinery from disused factory. Stoneware 2017
In the studio analysing work and glaze preparation In the studio analysing work and glaze preparation
Himalayan dwelling and shelter. Shino & Chun glazes and fired to Stoneware. Himalayan dwelling and shelter. Shino & Chun glazes and fired to Stoneware.
Porcelain curved form in Chun glaze. Drawings in oxide. Porcelain curved form in Chun glaze. Drawings in oxide.