Formations by Rebecca Steedman

8 February - 16 March 2019

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Formations, presented as a series of glazed experiments with local rocks and materials applied to fired pottery, has been developed according to the movement of water relating to the land and landscapes of Ōtepoti with particular focus on Broad Bay, Sandfly Bay and Outram Glen as well as Tunnel Beach, St Kilda, Hoopers Inlet, and the Clutha River. Conversations with local geologist Dr. Nick Mortimer have helped form an understanding on the movement of water and its relationship with the surfaces of the landscape around it. For example, the Taieri River rocks, collected and crushed, are schist (with ancient beginnings as mud) with fine layers of quartz and melt into rusty looking glazes within the ceramic forms. According to Nick, the Taieri River moves all sorts of rocks. Most of the Taieri catchment is underlain by different kinds of schist, which explains the abundance of schist and quartz on the beach at Outram Glen. There are a very few tiny hilltops capped with Dunedin Volcano lavas, and some rare sedimentary rocks upstream, so a few of these can be expected at Outram Glen too.

Rebecca Steedman is currently part of the RM Gallery and Project Space collective. She completed a Master of Fine Arts in 2007 at Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University and maintains an individual practice and is a full-time lecturer at Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design. Recent exhibitions include: Finding Ground, Meanwhile, Wellington, 2018; FREE SPEECH, Demo Gallery, Auckland, 2018; trasitionalfieldwork, a poster series in Boston Road, Mt Eden, Auckland 2017/2018; Building Stones, Window Online exhibition, 2017; Tectonic Crust Cake/ Calcite Future Aquatic, Window Gallery, 2016; transitionalfieldwork -36.8670511, 174.7597644, Demo Gallery, 2016.

Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 16 Dowling Street, Dunedin

Opening Preview: Thursday 7 February, 5:30pm

Artist Talk: Friday 8 February, 12 noon.


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