Recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award to the Arts, and chosen as a Living Treasure in Western Australia in 2015, Pippin Drysdale's career as a ceramic artist spans over 30 years.
Drysdale’s latest ceramic forms are created as sculptural components to be gathered into agglomerated suites. These clustered forms, whose collective tensions and rhythms are finely poised to convey a sense of the seasonal subtleties of Australia’s desert landscapes, fill the spaces they inhabit with a range of breath-taking vistas.
The new Devils Marbles series are inspired by the compelling rock formations in the Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve – a significant Aboriginal sacred site in Australia’s central Northern Territory. These asymmetrical faceted forms represent a new, more sculptural journey for Drysdale, with naturally forming clusters, evoking landscapes of form, colour and pattern that resonate with specific Australian seasonal desert flora and geography. All of these aspects informing her work are connected to the inspiring force of Drysdale’s compelling experiences many decades ago within remote station country. They continue to resonate in a deepening sense of respect for both the landscape’s profound physical and spiritual beauty, as well as the sacred connectedness that Australia’s First Nations people have with their country.
The Duke of Devonshire has a long-standing relationship with Drysdale, having purchased work over many years. He was one of the first to offer support through purchasing work in the Devils Marbles series. Evensong, a dramatic composition of twenty porcelain sculptures, has been displayed prominently in the public spaces at Chatsworth and is a tour-de-force.