Ceramic artist Ann Ferguson creates toy-like ceramic scenes that explore fundamental connections between earth and all living things, incorporating ideas developed through her work in early childhood education.
With 30 years experience as an educator and clay worker Ann’s current body of work, presented in Eye Spy, has evolved through quiet and constant ceramic practise and meditation on the way we learn to inhabit and respond to our surrounding environment.
The clay buildings, trees, land and water of Ann’s sculptures have a multi-sensory effect. The sight, feel and sound of the objects, as they are arranged and rearranged, encourage an intuitive response, an opportunity for imaginative play and the possibility of applying one’s own narrative.
Drawing from the earth, in her choice of material as well as subject matter, Ann’s scenes become a primary means through which a child, and indeed an adult, may develop a greater understanding of both the natural and fabricated landscape and their place in it.
Alongside Ann’s sculptural pieces Eye Spy includes a play space where children and adults can touch and play with the work and projected images of artworks children have created with clay.
Make sure you head down to PAN to have a look at this excellent show! Exhibition ends 28 August.
PAN Gallery is located at 142-144 Weston Street, East Brunswick. To get there by public transport, catch the 1 or 8 tram from Swanston Street and get off one stop after Brunswick Street.