Portrait of Mick Lord
Portrait of Mick Lord

Pomona Railway Station Gallery presents collab exhibition

POMONA Railway Station Gallery presents a collaboration between ceramicist Ellen Appleby and photographer Mick Lord in an exhibition titled "Land of the Most Holy Mary".

Through sepia photographs and rich textured sculptures Ellen Appleby (ceramicist) and Mick Lord (photographer) bring into focus the lime washed walls, weathered stones, archways and religious contradictions of southern Spain, Portugal and into the Anatolian peninsula.

These artists are interested in the juxtaposition of remnants of Romans, Moors, Moslems, Jews and Christians seen in this area and the imposition of Catholicism, as well as the architecture of modern day Turkey where Mary spent her final years. Their exhibition is called "Land of the Most Holy Mary" which the common name for Andalucía in Southern Spain.

In this exhibition, Mick's photos have a documentary aspect about them.  They reflect his interest in the built environment and architecture.   

Each photo is a statement of fact - it is about the "thing", the building, its shape and textures. The built form is the product of cultures and religions, past and present.

Portrait of Ellen Appleby
Portrait of Ellen Appleby

Ellen's clay sculptures pay attention to the crumbling walls and stairs seen through decorated doorways. She builds porcelain towers with ornate faded decoration and highlights the contradictions as nuns scuttle past Islamic doorways and windows. There are references the Catholic iconography sitting within Islamic archways in La Mezquita in Cordoba, and other unexpected alliances.    

This exciting exhibition opens Saturday 19 March at 2:00 and continues to 19 April.

10 Station Street, Pomona More information 5485 2950 or visit the gallery web site at www.pomonartgallery.com.

Hours: M-F 10-4; Sat 10-2; Closed Sundays and Public Holidays.


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