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September 11, 2021

Baskets — Sally Blake

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From Colossal:

Whether standing a few inches tall or reaching more than a foot, the metallic vessels that Sally Blake weaves are all inspired by a single, skeletonized seedpod the Canberra-based artist found herself in possession of.

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"It was given to me by someone who understood my grief after my mother died, and it represented much of what I was feeling and experiencing," she said. "It was vulnerable and yet resilient, and gently held its seed — the source of potential new life and inspiration."

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That original pod has since spurred dozens of baskets in varying sizes that Blake molds from lengths of copper wire.

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She manipulates the pliable material with tight coils and twists that rely on pattern and sinuous lines, creating organic forms evocative of seeds, sea creatures, lungs, and other natural shapes.

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Blake's works are on view through today at Craft ACT in Canberra, Australia, in her solo show titled Place Markers.

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You can find her baskets in her shop, and keep up with her multi-media practice on Instagram.

September 11, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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