Kimberley Series 2019
Drysdale’s ensembles are quite literally a landscape in their aesthetic manifestation. Each of her forms lightly touches the ground and the whole array of objects undulates into peaks and valleys over which the eyes can clamber. The richly coloured surfaces are first inscribed with fine lines, the artist’s own form of topographical mapping recalling the spidery tracings of grass and wind as they sing and sweep across the sand. Drysdale has always seen the ceramic form as a three dimensional canvas, translating her intuitive responses to her surroundings and experiences. Specifically, the Australian environment has been the dominant influence in her work. Through her lavish use of colour and lustres and her precision of line, she has captured the minutiae of mapping a vast and varied landscape.