Drysdale’s latest ceramic forms are created not so much as individual objects – as her mostly symmetrically formed vessels have been – but rather, as sculptural components to be gathered into agglomerated suites.
These clustered forms, whose collective tensions and rhythms are finely poised to convey a sense of the seasonal subtleties of Australia’s desert landscapes, fill the gallery with a range of breathtaking vistas.
The new Devils Marbles Series II are all inspired by the compelling rock formations in the Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve – a significant Aboriginal sacred site in Australia’s central Northern Territory. These asymmetrical faceted forms represent a new, more sculptural journey for Drysdale, with naturally forming clusters, evoking landscapes of form, colour and pattern that resonate with specific Australian seasonal desert flora and geography.
All of these aspects informing her work are connected to the inspiring force of Drysdale’s compelling experiences many decades ago within remote station country. They continue to resonate in a deepening sense of respect for both the landscape’s profound physical and spiritual beauty, as well as the sacred connectedness that Australia’s First Nations people have with Country.