“Coast” is an exhibition of paintings and prints about Sydney in summer – the heat driving us to the beach, where we wallow in the water, sunbathe or comb the rockpools for shells and other maritime souvenirs. Summer in Sydney is all about harsh light and deep shadows, shimmering heat, the sound of cicadas, the occasional breeze rippling the water surface. It is about getting baked so hot that we can almost hear the sizzle when we finally dive into the cold water.
Take home a piece of summer with you – it will remind you in the cooler months that good times will come again.
With work by ceramic artist Geraldine Thorsby.
Meng Woo is a Sydney based painter and print-maker. Meng has been painting and drawing since 2004 and has taken up print-making in the last two years. She has participated in a number of group and solo exhibitions over the years. Meng’s artwork was a finalist in the Greenway Art Prize (2014) and was highly commended for the Sheridan Evans Award (2017).
Gerry Thorsby is a budding ceramic artist, based on a property outside Harden in country NSW.
“Just starting out on my creative journey, I am fascinated by the feel of clay in my hands, its softness and pliability. I love exploring and experimenting with different forms, shapes, and textures, seeing what I can create from this humble material. The feel of the cool, smooth clay in my hands and being engaged in the creation of pottery is so meditative. It helps me to be in the present moment and let go of stress.
My inspiration is the natural world and the beauty of everyday objects, and I am also drawn to the simplicity and functionality of traditional pottery. I usually start with an idea and then just allow the clay to shape itself and what comes out is generally quite different to the original idea. When holding a finished piece in my hands, I cannot explain the satisfaction in knowing that I produced it and can literally use it every day. There is so much more to learn and to practice, and I look forward to continuing the learning process.”