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My Neighbour’s Garden

flowerThursday 26 July to Friday 14 September

The exhibition will be opened by the Mayor of Maroondah City Council, Cr Nora Lamont at 5.30pm Friday 10 August

My Neighbour’s Garden includes works by former Ringwood resident and member of the Maroondah Arts Collective, Zetta Kanta, with ceramicist and Wyreena tutor, Marlize Myburgh.

Stunning textiles made from felted wool, silk and bamboo are displayed alongside hanging gardens of dried flowers and beautiful organic ceramic forms, emphasising the connection between our own backyard and the local community.

Image details: Marlize Myburgh, Flower, ceramic, 2017

Zetta Kanta says of her work, ‘My works are raw and totally natural. I hope to show honesty and the wildness of our surroundings in my work. This is of the utmost importance to me. Feelings of unpretentiousness, nakedness, and fragility dwell in my heart, yet strength and boldness seems to reflect in my work.’

A priority for this creative pair of artists is the sourcing of local organic materials and Zetta Kanta has even used wool from the Tintern Grammar sheep, which she has coloured with natural dyes such as turmeric. Marlize Myburgh creates ceramic works that have been primarily influenced by the natural world, taking both functional and decorative form. Every piece is individually shaped, then repeatedly glazed and fired. Quality craftsmanship and detail is an important aspect of both artists’ practices.

My Neighbour’s Garden explores what it is to live sustainably and how to cultivate a community through creative pursuits. Both artists have exhibited widely and Kanta has also been in exhibitions in USA, Germany and Asia.

Zetta Kanta’s work in this exhibition has been supported by a Maroondah City Council Arts and Cultural Grant.

Banner image details: Zetta Kanta, Rain that rains, wool, silk, bamboo, 2017.

Maroondah Access Gallery

Maroondah Federation Estate, 32 Greenwood Ave, Ringwood.