Presented by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Drawn by stones is a touring exhibition on view at Gallery Lane Cove + Studios from 6 April - 14 May 2022.
Drawn by stones brings together artists who utilise the ceramic medium to interrogate contested histories, stolen land, Indigenous sovereignty, and national identity. Exhibiting artists from Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan investigate ‘nationhood’ and ownership through ceramics and demonstrate how the ceramic form can both memorialise and tell alternative histories.
Taking its title from Marvin Bell’s 1984 poem Drawn by Stones, by Earth, by Things That Have Been in the Fire, this exhibition recognises that the foundations of ceramic practice lie in the earth – and through the work of exhibiting artists, aims to expand the relevance of ceramic histories, dialogues and interrogations of land, place, sovereignty and ownership across Asia and Australia.
Originally iterated as a small exhibition project for 4A Centre’s Haymarket gallery, Drawn by stones has captured a strong interest nationally, and is now a major touring project, which premiered in 2021 at Counihan Gallery in Brunswick on Wurundjeri land. From 2022, the exhibition expands to tour nationally with works from Dean Cross, Ray Chan, and Wen-Hsi Harman, newly- commissioned pieces by Penny Evans, Ruth Ju-Shih Li and Jody Rallah, as well as a community-engaged array of public programs.
Drawn by stones exhibition curator Bridie Moran says:
“Drawn by stones is a ‘ceramics exhibition’ but what connects these artists’ work is their engagement with the base material of ceramics - clay. Drawn from the land, clay material has meaning beyond simply shaping objects. For the artists in Drawn by stones, clay symbolises and is country, home, nationhood and a means of exchange. Myself, the artists and our creative team are so delighted to bring this major 4A project to Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios, a place of making, community and connection. ”
Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios Manager & Curator, Rachael Kiang, says: “Ceramics, the place of craft in contemporary art and community engagement are key areas of focus for Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios’ program. Drawn by stones encompasses all three. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the opportunity to collaborate with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art for a co-presentation of a significant touring exhibition investigating the importance of clay in cultural narratives. In particular, the project’s initiative of clay exchanges with the local indigenous community helps enrich cross-cultural understanding and we are delighted to be able to support this. “
Drawn by stones is curated by Bridie Moran with Assistant Curators Jody Rallah and Annette An-Jen Liu.
Access the exhibition roomsheet here.
Stay tuned for an announcement of our Drawn by stones public program via the 4A website and Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios website.