REVERB is a site-specific installation that captures the impression of a ‘reverberation’ in the floor surface of the Nishi Gallery courtyard within NewActon’s beautiful John Avery Gardens. The design, formed out of red-stained pebbles develops from the base of the four trees in the area, working out concentrically pulsating outwards in rings and crossing over and rebounding from the edges of the space. Like an echo, the work will pulsate and rumble, penetrating the space; suggestive of some sort of internal movement and inception of change. REVERB then oozes into the gallery floor, invading and permeating the exhibition; implying a sense of saturation and momentum as it intrudes into other locations and integrates within the existing landscape, seemingly as if it had always been there.
About the Artist
S.A.Adair studied Visual Arts at both the College of Fine Arts, New South Wales University and the School of Art, Australian National University completing Honours in sculpture in 2010. She currently teaches in Visual Art and Design at the Canberra Institute of Technology and works as an Art Educator at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.
Adair has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions locally and interstate including various outdoor exhibitions such as Sculpture by the Sea (2009), Strand Ephemera in Townsville (2013) and the North Sydney Art Prize - Coal Loader Site (2013,2015). In 2015 she was commissioned to create an installation for the National Portrait Gallery Australia.
Adair has received several grants and awards including the Australia Council Artstart Grant, The Goulburn Art Prize, the North Sydney Art Prize Emerging Artist Award and Capital Artist Patron Organisation's National Press Club Award as well as being a finalist in several other art prizes. She has participated in several residencies and was accepted into the 2016 round of residents at the Megalo Print Workshop.
S.A.Adair works across disciplines, incorporating sculpture, installation, drawing and printmaking in her practice. Through explorations of deconstruction, elimination and reconstruction of material and form, Adair draws on processes of abstraction to create organic constructs that hint at the human matrix and experience. Adair's forms and ideas are generated through experimentation - chance and errors have an integral part to play in the development of the work.