It’s the second time I’ve visited Newcastle Art Gallery to see the exhibition by South Australian artist Kirsten Coelho and I think the appeal is the simple and effective arrangement of objects. Composition is critical to the fall of light on each of the ceramic vessels and shadow is key. It’s a tranquil and meditative deliberation of arrangement and one that appears to almost persuade the viewer there is a formula to beauty. Perhaps this is the enchantment of each grouping, having symmetry and balance without tedium and repetition.
My recent fascination with the grouping of everyday household objects into balanced compositions is only one of the reasons “In the Falling Light” is a highlight for me. The range of ceramic objects supply cool and defined lines and all beckon to be painted, drawn and photographed. I most likely will visit again before it finishes on 15th November.