11 - 28 January
Artist and sculptor Bianca Hayden calls herself a late bloomer.
“At least that’s the simplest explanation of a much more demanding set of obligations, or expectations that hold many women back from pursuing their passions,” she says.
After many years in many different caring roles, Bianca has put together a spectacular debut solo exhibition that has spent a long time in the back of her mind, waiting patiently for its chance to be taken care of.
“I’ve spent a lot of years caring for those coming into life, those learning how to live, those fighting to hold onto life, and ultimately preparing to leave life behind. It’s generally women who take on the caring of life and death in all its myriad forms.”
“This exhibition is my chance to double back. The process for this exhibition really began five years ago when I built my first dining table, to fulfil my dream of bringing my art practice into the everyday things we use.”
“Using sustainably sourced timbers, each piece is meticulously cut, carved, painted, gilded with gold foils, embedded with metal flakes, resin inlays, copper, brass and anything else I can find that is going to make the timber sing.”
Behind each piece is a loving interplay between the natural and artificial worlds. Bright, playful colour, gold foils, glitter and resin playfully contrast natural timber tones and recycled materials in Bianca’s painstakingly created works of art.
Recalling the women’s work that was first apparent in her caring roles, and now reflected in her creation of every day domestic objects, Bianca is injecting a traditionally male-dominated field with the feminine, inserting sparkle into timber, and merging playfulness together with artisanal woodworking techniques.
Each piece is an artwork that is made to be lived with and enjoyed on a daily basis, created by Bianca in her Blue Mountains studio in Lawson. Join us at the opening of Double Back on January 11 to enjoy Bianca’s impressive body of work, and to celebrate women everywhere who are taking care of things and carving out their own paths.