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Sand and Magma: The Legacy of the Ocean at the ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery is an exhibition opened by the Ambassador of Ecuador, Raul Gangotena featuring a significant collection from Ecuadorian artist Michael Ayala Ayala who works with the oozing molten and semi molten rock - the magma - that he says gave shape and body to the Galapagos Islands and the East Coast of Australia.
The colours and textures he achieves in this mix of paintings and ceramic pieces is seductive demanding a close inspection of the way the mix of rough materials are shaped by the elements of sun and wind. In the natural world he finds a new aesthetic and his human print in the reproduction of works is a vital element from his travels between Brisbane and the Galapagos Islands, describing them as the most beautiful places in the world and where he’s had the opportunity to live, enjoy life and evolve.
Much as that magma oozes, winds its colourful trail from under the earth’s crust and reminds of a primal time and the core of this planet, the artist takes the opportunity to find the beautiful, the decorative and the resilience of the medium for us all to appreciate, and his time working in Brisbane has exposed him to the Australian landscape, different animals, vegetation and an Aussie lifestyle providing a new and exciting aspect to his work.
Sand and Magma continues at the ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery until 25 October.