03. September 2020 - 18:30 till 20:30
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art , Sydney
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Exhibition opening: Drawn by stones | Thursday, 03. September 2020

Exhibition opening: Drawn by stones

About this Event


6.00 PM - 8.00 PM



Drawn by stones brings together artists who utilise the ceramic medium to interrogate contested histories, stolen land, Indigenous sovereignty, and concepts of national identity. Exhibiting artists from Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan investigate the creation of a sense of ‘nationhood’ and ownership through ceramics and demonstrate how the ceramic form can both memorialise and tell alternative histories.

The exhibition is grounded by the 2020 installation of Monuments, Dean Cross’ site-responsive work - an ongoing project since 2016, intended for exhibition every two years. Cross’ Monuments challenges colonial concepts of ceramics, memorialising and memory, with handfuls of white ochre - handfuls of Ngunnawal/ Ngambri Country - gathered by the artist’s father on their property with permission from local elder and custodian of the land Aunty Matilda House – building a grid that spreads across the gallery floors.

Taking its title from Marvin Bell’s 1984 poem Drawn by Stones, by Earth, by Things That Have Been in the Fire, this exhibition recognises that the foundations of ceramic practice lie in the earth – and through the work of exhibiting artists, aims to expand the relevance of ceramic histories, dialogues and interrogations of land, place, sovereignty and ownership across Asia and Australia.

Exhibition artists: Dean Cross and more to be announced

Curator: Bridie Moran

This opening event starts at 6:00PM with drinks and an opening address.

Drawn by stones is exhibited at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art from 3 September – 25 October 2020.

Image: Dean Cross, Monuments (2018 – ongoing indefinitely), handfuls of Ngunnawal ochre & gold leaf, dimensions variable. Image: courtesy the artist and Indigenous Ceramic Prize, 2018 at the Shepparton Art Museum.