Creating ikebana works to complement these ceramics meant we had to work on a large scale and extend into the realm of installation sculpture using materials that can last for the two weeks of the exhibition without water.
View from the gallery looking through the doorway into the foyer and the restaurant beyond.
Installation in the foyer was created by me using boobialla (myoporum insulare), magnolia leaves and red cane.
The next photos are of work on the lower of the three levels in the gallery. The pink flowers are from Western Australia, unfortunately their name is unknown.
This suspended sculpture by Christine Denmead is made from grape vine with large bamboo shoot coverings attached to the side.
This is an end on view of the same work.
Helen Quarrell, assisted by Maureen Duffy created this floating sculpture with Mop Top Tree (robinia pseudoacacia) branches.
In this photo the branches above are reflected in the surface of the water.
I have placed a growing tip from a blue agave on the ceramic sculpture below. The sculpture had a patch of blue glaze that is not visible in this photo.
The two installations below are on the upper level of the gallery, using weeping mulberry (morus alba). I chose this material to mirror the curves in these large ceramic pieces by Graeme Wilkie.
The ikebana team at the end of our fourth day of preparations in the gallery. From the left: Helen Quarrell, Nola Bird, Christopher James, Christine Denmead, Ellie Welkamp and Maureen Duffy.
Greetings from Christopher
28th September 2013