02 October—13 October 2021
Gallery window–134 & 136 High Street, Preston
ÆTHER – The Space Between is an illuminated gallery window exhibition, exploring themes surrounding ‘space’ by visual artist Saskia Dusselberg.
Saskia’s musings are expressed through a series of handcrafted light-filled lantern sculptures complemented by her oil paintings in this capsule show. The lanterns represent luminous stars contained within space or ‘Æther’ and will light up the windows of Clan Collective in Preston. The title of this show feels most relevant now as we find ourselves in the space between the old world and the new one.
The suspended sculptures are designed to create an intimate feeling of connectedness, offering light and hope to visitors and passers by. Delicate papier-mâché is layered around bound sticks, forming star-like structures. The sculptures are internally illuminated, thus mirroring the lights we see emanating from the night sky. The twigs and sticks used were gathered from the fallen branches of indigenous Moonah trees that grow all around Saskia’s home in Rye on the Mornington Peninsula. “My work always connects back to the land in one way or another, I feel very connected to it and spend a lot of my time in nature. I am full of gratitude to be surrounded by so much beauty and regularly pay my respects to the traditional custodians of the land, past and present, especially at my home and at sacred sites in our town.”
Saskia loves creating texture and working with bold dynamic shapes that at times echo her textile background. She has an adventurous intuitive approach to her work and loves pondering the mysteries of the universe. “There is so much to explore in the world and within ourselves, may we remain forever curious”