Merran Esson, Judy Holding & Denese Oates

Shades of Green and Blue

13 March - 14 April 2018

Artists MERRAN ESSON, JUDY HOLDING and DENESE OATES draw inspiration from the palette of nature, distilling the human experience of the land to create works that form a tribute to its many shades.

MERRAN ESSON’s investigation into ceramic vessels began with the container not just as a practical device but also as a structure. Drawing from her rural upbringing on the land, ESSON explores the vessel in relation to man-made catchments such as tanks and dams, as well as naturally occurring catchments such as basin shaped areas and drainage networks in nature. Alongside her works that draw reference to tanks and corrugated iron, ESSON’s latest elegant, bulbous forms defy notions of form and weight, and in their perforated organic forms reject the implied function of vessels.

Inspired by her time in the bush JUDY HOLDING celebrates Australian Indigenous cultures and their intrinsic connection to the land. Employing specific cultural symbols – including the Australian Eucalypt and native birds such as the “cocky” – HOLDING’s practice comments upon the complex history of settler and Indigenous cultures in Australia, and their contrasting relationships with the land. Her sculptures contrast abstract modern textures and shapes with natural forms. Combining natural forms with bold injections of colour - cool purples, bold orange tones and cobalt blue – HOLDING’s playful works spark conversations about Australia’s indeterminate ecological future.

Working with green and copper hues, DENESE OATES transforms ordinary copper wire into inspired and carefully crafted natural forms that are full of undulating movement and rhythmic lines. From her copper wall sculptures that take the form of painterly trees and vines, to her ‘topiary sculptures’ that train verdigris copper vines into boulders and rotund forms, OATES’ sculptures remind us of nature’s remarkable capacity to regenerate, proliferate and multiply.

In their ceramics, sculptures and wall pieces ESSON, HOLDING AND OATES branch out, teasing the imagination to extend our human understanding of the natural world and our relationship to it.



Esson  - Coanda Lines III
Merran Esson
Coanda Lines III
ceramic, copper glaze
82.5 x 34.5 x 32.5 cm
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For Sale
Merran Esson - Coanda Lines II
Merran Esson
Coanda Lines II
ceramic, copper glaze
85.5 x 23 x 23 cm
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For Sale
Merran Esson - Green Bowl Form
Merran Esson
Berridale Bucket
ceramic, copper glaze
27 x 37 x 36 cm
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For Sale
Merran Esson
Copper Constuction
ceramic, copper glaze
16 x 25 x 17 cm
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For Sale
Merran Esson
Copper Tank
ceramic, copper glaze
13 x 19 x 16 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Merran Esson
Corrugated Cup
ceramic, copper glaze
12.5 x 17 x 15 cm
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For Sale
Merran Esson - Monaro Series
Merran Esson
Trees on the Monaro
ceramic, copper glaze
Trees on the Monaro I: 23 x 18 x 18 cm

Trees on the Monaro II: 21 x 18 x 18 cm

Trees on the Monaro III: 22 x 13 x 13 cm

Trees on the Monaro IV: 17 x 14 x 14 cm

Trees on the Monaro V: 24 x 15 x 15 cm

Trees on the Monaro VI: 17 x 10 x 10 cm

Trees on the Monaro VII: 19 x 16 x 16 cm
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Judy Holding Mallee Birds
Judy Holding
Three Mallee Birds
mixed media
220 x 36 x 30 cm
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For Sale
Judy Holding New Growth
Judy Holding
New Growth
mixed media
190 x 40 x 10 cm
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For Sale
Judy Holding Tree at the Mine Site 2
Judy Holding
Tree at the Mine Site 2
mixed media
84 x 30 x 30 cm
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For Sale
Judy Holding Small Blue Tree
Judy Holding
Small Blue Tree
polymer clay, paint, caste bronze
50 x 20 x 6 cm
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For Sale
Judy Holding Mother and Child
Judy Holding
Mother and Child
cast bronze
25 x 8 x 8 cm
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For Sale
Oates - Westerly
Denese Oates
Westerly
copper
94 x 60 x 6 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Oates  - Tree of Tranquility
Denese Oates
Tree of Tranquility
copper
90 x 58 x 10 cm
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SOLD
Denese Oates - Bedrock Vine
Denese Oates
Bedrock Vine
copper
25 x 74 x 52 cm
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SOLD
Oates - Peru
Denese Oates
Peru
copper, rock (banded quartz, rhodochrosite with manganese oxide and realgar crystals)
15 x 14 x 19 cm
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SOLD
Oates - Pieman
Denese Oates
Pieman
copper, rock (phyllite)
11.5 x 13 x 6 cm
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For Sale
Oates - Azurite tree
Denese Oates
Azurite tree
copper, rock (porphyry with malachite and azurite)
13 x 13 x 13 cm
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SOLD
Oates - Granite mountain
Denese Oates
Granite mountain
copper, rock (granite)
15 x 12 x 8 cm
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SOLD
Oates - Philly
Denese Oates
Philly
copper, rock (phyllite)
14 x 11 x 10 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Oates - Adularia tree
Denese Oates
Adularia tree
copper, rock (banded quartz-adularia [feldspar])
13 x 10 x 9 cm
SOLD
SOLD