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Marea Gazzard

(Australia 02 Jun 1928 – 28 Oct 2013)

Selini I
Place of origin
SydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Media category
Materials used
bronze, gold patina

100.0 x 97.0 x 63.0 cm

Signature & date
Signed and dated on right side of base, incised "MAREA GAZZARD. 2009".
Gift of James and Jacqui Erskine 2012. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number
© Marea Gazzard.
Function space
Further information

Marea Gazzard was born in Sydney to Greek-Australian parents and studied at the National Art School, where she came under the tutelage of renowned potter Peter Rushforth, who encouraged the use of natural materials and to work towards unity, spontaneity and simplicity of form.

She travelled to Europe in 1955 and settled in London the following year, enrolling at the London Central School of Arts and Crafts. There Gazzard became interested in handbuilding and made frequent visits to the British Museum to study the Cycladic collection, which has been one of her most powerful aesthetic influences throughout her career, alongside Australian Indigenous art.

'Selini I' is from the artist's 2009 series 'Selini', the Greek word for moon. The clay medium is deftly moulded by hand into a reductive, timeless shape and then reproduced in monumental bronze. Its simplicity is both geometric and organic. Undulating depressions and vigorous lines and marks scored into the clay create a crater-like surface, which enriches the lustrous gold patina.

Bibliography (3)

Christine France, Look, 'Remembering Marea Gazzard', pg. 28-29, Newtown, Mar 2014, 28 (colour illus.), 29 (colour illus., detail).

Steven Miller, Foundation Newsletter #24, 'Marea Gazzard's archive', pg. 5, Sydney, Jul 2014, 5, 18 (colour illus.).

Eleonora Triguboff (Editor), Art & Australia, Paddington, May 2013-Jul 2013, 556 (colour illus.). Utopia Art Sydney advertisement

Exhibition history (1)

Selini, Utopia Art Sydney, Waterloo, 12 Sep 2012–10 Oct 2012