Seven Printmakers Respond to Place – A snap shot of the Artists and their work
This is the group exhibition I have been organising, it opens on the 27th of May at Heathcote Gallery from 6pm – 8pm and runs until the 3rd of July.
Here is an explanation of each artist and their work starting with mine.
Using Alice in Wonderland as a point of departure for her own creative musings, Shana navigates the metaphorical landscape of Carroll’s imagination. Elements from the story combine with the fabric of her life to create a poetic vision of this fantastic place. Questions of identity, childhood innocence, angst and absurdity surface in these psychologically charged prints.
These copper plate etchings by Harvey Mullen retrace the artist’s steps through the wilderness of Tasmania. One scene leads onto the next, moving deeper into the mountains and further away from civilisation. Within an image it’s often possible to glimpse the site of the next image’s point of view, creating a powerful sense of continuity, linking each picture to the next in the series.
These artworks, by Megan Gosling reconstruct remembered domestic patterns, examining pattern as a link to memory of place. The distortion of memory has a ‘Chinese whisper’ effect creating new patterns that reference the original and are at once familiar…but are not accurate historical “documents”.
Growing up in Namibia, surrounded by rare plants, deserts and wind-scoured shores, Elmari’s work reflects her deep connection to the environment. Meditating upon our relationship to nature, her prints explore the experience of transition and sense of place.
Laura’s art practice grows out of the process of intricately carving lino, allowing her to become absorbed in patterns and textures. Informed by experiences and encounters while cycling from England to China during the course of a life changing year, these whimsical lino cuts explore the ways that identity responds to ‘place’.
Mari’s atmospheric responses to everyday objects, enable us to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. In Japan Mari owned a micro-restaurant and her reverence for the kitchen as a place is contained in these images. The tiny scale beckons the viewer closer in order to contemplate these small stories of every-day life.
By drawing inspiration from folk tales, Nadia explores place and belonging through identity and self-discovery, producing narratives with personal resonance yet retaining an allegorical quality. Recurring motifs of nature and scale reflect growth and renewal in these elaborately detailed images.