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Gizella K Warburton

Wall works, sculptural pieces and installations include works on slate and weathered wood grounds, and sculptural forms and vessels.

The work has a raw and simple materiality grounded in resonant and sensory experience of place. Layers of detail are revealed or hidden as light and shadow pass across and through surfaces, echoing the transience of emotional and physical landscape. Abstract compositions evolve through the tactile and contemplative process of drawing with paper, cloth and thread.

Some sculptural vessels emerge as simple bowls, others become more anthropomorphic and totemic in form.Their making involves a series of ritual processes; wrapping, binding, layering, piercing, knotting, stitching, suturing and burning. The burnishing, staining, abrading, shadowing and marking of surfaces continues the dialogue I quietly have with each piece, and that which it has in relation to others within a series.

My making is an expression of what I see, what I sense; visual details within the land, the skies, the seas, the movement of light and shadow, and its profound effects on the resonant physicality of objects and surfaces.

I find ancient and primitive artefacts particularly compelling; drawn to materials which suggest a fragile balance; strength and legacy, yet vulnerable to wear and tear, permeating them with their own intrinsic tactile qualities.

The origins of my practice are in woven textiles and collage compositions of stitched cloths and papers, with drawn marks and surfaces. Sculpted forms evolve through numerous wet and dry processes, and the fibres, threads, strings and cordage integral to my making may emerge as wrapped, woven, stitched, knotted or ‘sutured’ details.

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