Shapes and Landscapes
Shapes and Landscapes is an exhibition of sculptures by longtime TBSSS students Elizabeth Abrahams and Marianne Halmos. It is a collection of figurative landscapes and natural and imagined forms. These have generally been built in clay then cast in plaster or carved in soapstone, sandstone or alabaster. Their works were created largely in their Thursday evening workshop class over an eight-year period.
Bio: Elizabeth Abrahams
I have been attending classes at Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School for 8 or 9 years. My introduction to sculpture was through ‘Sculpture in a Day’ at the Studio School all those years ago. I had it in my mind to make the face of a much travelled and world -weary monk from the Byzantine era, a character in a book I had been reading. I was totally hooked after this class. I began to come on a Thursday evening with Bernice Lowe as my teacher and the fun began. There are still four or five of us from my first class and so we have become friends, more than friends really.
My sculptures, which are mainly built in clay then cast in plaster are heavily influenced by the natural world. Even though it is often figurative I see these figures in imposing mountain ranges, trees, gently sloping hills and eroded or piled rocks. These natural forms are the perfect works to me. There are plenty of sculptors from the past to admire whose figures have a monumental quality. I would love to make a public sculpture at some time.
When I am not at class making sculptures, I have a speech pathology practice. Other time is spent outside walking in mountains, travelling or kayaking with my husband or seeing family and friends. Sculpture is an activity to disappear into and be quiet.
Bio: Marianne Halmos
I have been coming to Tom Bass Studios for approximately 8-9 years. What was a one term birthday present many years ago from my family turned into a passionate hobby.
I enjoy sculpting, especially carving. I love the idea of freeing a shape out of a piece of rough stone. I have carved both abstract shapes and figures out of different materials, sandstone, limestone, soapstone, timber and alabaster.
In my day job I am an architect running my own practice. In my spare time I love travelling, looking at museums, art galleries and architecture.
Shapes and Landscapes
Opening Saturday 23 March, 2 - 4pm
Exhibition runs: 23 March - 15 May 2019
Visit: Mon, Wed, Thu 10am - 2pm, Fri 9am - 1pm
Images: left: 'The River Siren' after Andre Wallace, plaster, Elizabeth Abrahams. Right: Perched figure, bronze, Marianne Halmos.