Open Studio

31 Sparrow Way Spearwood, one weekend only 28th and 29th November 2015 10am – 5pm.

See the recent Understanding Alice artwork from my recent Melbourne exhibition including the Alice

Shana with her Etching Press
Shana with her Etching Press

Teapots.
As well as the recent work there will be some great bargains on older work, some being sold for less than the cost of the frame! Cards drawings, paintings and printmaking
This most recent body of work entitled Understanding Alice, draws imagery from Lewis Carroll’s Famous Alice in Wonderland and reinterprets the story, using elements as metaphors for navigating contemporary life.
Many readers would have made a linocut in high school.
Alice had Great Difficulty in Managing her Flamingo
Alice had Great Difficulty in Managing her Flamingo

Some, may have taken one of my printmaking classes at the Fremantle Arts Centre. Carving the linoleum is a satisfying feeling where you are really making something physical, it’s a sensation many of us crave in this digital world. The carved lino is a kind of sophisticated stamp which is rolled up with ink and printed onto paper. Alice is taken to a new place with these linocuts.
Some of the works take their titles from the story as in “Alice had Great Difficulty Managing her Flamingo”. Here the personification of the flamingo, and the use of it to represent all that is difficult to manage in life makes an image which many will relate to.
The open studio is becoming the new gallery in a time when many commercial galleries have closed artists are now finding new ways to connect with those interested in art. And the general public get a glimpse into the making and the ideas behind the work  a chat with artist over a cup of tea or coffee, I think it is a great way to see art and perhaps pick up a bargain.
One weekend only 28th and 29th November 10am – 5pm at 31 Sparrow Way Spearwood.Messy Desk, the newly carved lino blocks
See more about me and my work at www.shanajames.com