Artist Talk at AIRspace Projects

Photography by Joy Lai

Photography by Joy Lai

Please join me and my fellow exhibiting artists at AIRspace Projects from 3-5 pm on the 24th of August for artist talks and afternoon tea. I will be discussing the inspirations behind my work, my process and the direction the work is heading in. I will also be minding the gallery from 11 am on the 24th.

This is the last weekend of the exhibition which closes at 5pm on Sunday.

Terra Femme at AIRspace Projects

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What happens when the sublime meets the feminine? When nature meets fantasy? Where aesthetic beauty meets reprehensible histories? My work exists at the intersection of femininity and the culpability of colonial imposition Looking at how feminine aesthetics make sense and take control of an unfamiliar and seemingly hostile environment through domestic arts. Exquisitely detailed etched landscapes emphasise naturalistic and historic views of wilderness spaces. The greyscale palette and traditional media give a sense of authenticity and documentary truth that is broken by the very personal form of underwear. Exploring how art and craft turn place into home, creating an intimacy of space. Silk, lace, ruffles and beading transform the picturesque views into a new girly wilderness.On closer inspection the landscape is a complete fantasy with snow-capped peaks towering above the Australian bush.

The form of feminine lingerie also interrogates the control and display of femme bodies, which are dually perceived as obscene and desirable much like sites of colonization. The sculptures embrace the eroticism of lingerie being tossed aside after stripping off the body. The photographs document the garments as worn, a flimsy layer between the body and the land. Hands stretch and crumple the garments, dressing and undressing, making the landscape shift and distort, illustrating the permeability of the relationship to place.

Opening 6-8 pm, 9 August 2019

9-25 August

AIRspace Projects

10 Junction st

Marrickville NSW, 2204

Gallery hours: Friday 11-6, Saturday & Sunday 11-5

Wonderland at Gaffa Gallery

I have three new textile and two photographic works included in Wonderland at Gaffa Gallery.

When you hear ‘wonderland’ you think of Alice – you think of madness and absurdity and things that are never what they seem. You think of colours, whimsy and magic that is tempered by a sense of unsettling strangeness.  Wonderland is an exhibition that draws on the many ideas and definitions associated with wonder – surprise, inspiration, curiosity, and a feeling of amazement caused by something beautiful, remarkable or unfamiliar. This exhibition is about the idea that in an increasingly dark world wonderful things can still happen. Exhibiting artists are Allyson Adeney, Anna Battersby, Susan Chen, Allegra Holmes, Kate Hughes, Ella Judd, Marguerite Lorraine, Laura Nolan and Kristi Pupo.    

Gaffa Gallery

281 Clarence Street, Sydney, NSW

Mon - Fri: 10-6pm
Sat: 11-5pm

Glover Prize - Deceiving View

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Now that the Glover Prize has officially opened I can share my work that was selected as a finalist.

Deceiving View is an etching on hot pink rayon velvet that shimmers silvery pink from one angle and glows hot pink from another. It is bordered by cream silk satin embroidered and beaded with Tasmanian blue gum blossoms.

A picturesque view of the Tasmanian wilderness is subverted and distorted. Iconic Cradle Mountain re-imagined as a snow capped peak more at home in the European Alps. The etching on velvet appears as a shimmery baby pink from one angle only to blow out into lurid neon as you move past the work. This colourshift causes the detail of the land to appear and disappear as your eyes are overwhelmed by a colour more at home in horror film than a needlepoint. Beaded Tasmanian blue gum blossoms frame the work, catching the light and viewers eye at the same time as they pull and distort the fabric underneath. These shifting views reflect the history of Australian landscape art as a tool of colonisation. The transformation of a land labeled and depicted as wilderness to allow and excuse colonization.

TThe Glover Prize is now open
Saturday 9 Mar 2019 - Sunday 17 Mar 2019
Falls Park Pavillion in Evandale ,Tasmania.

OPENING HOURS
10am - 4pm
Sunday 9am - 4pm

Port Jackson Press Exhibition

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Port Jackson Press is showing a survey of my recent etchings opening on the 21st of February. Port Jackson Press is a mainstay in the Australian printmaking community. They have exhibited many of the leading print makers in the country. The exhibition will embrace my love of the tones, textures and technicalities of etching. The landscapes are fantastical, pieced together from Australian wilderness spaces and most recently the Himalayas. I hope if you are in Melbourne that you can make the time to stop by. Etching are always more wonderful in real life, where the depth of tones and textures can be seen. For purchase inqurires please contact Laura at the email below.

You can view the exhibition details online here

February 21, 2019 — March 6, 2019

Wednesday - Saturday: 11am - 5pm

67 Cambridge Street, Collingwood, Victoria,

3066, Australia

T: (03) 9419 8988
E: info@portjacksonpress.com.au 

Glover Prize Finalist

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My newest piece ‘Deceptive View’ an etching on velvet with embroidered silk border has been selected as a finalist in the 2019 Glover Prize. The Glover Prize celebrates the legacy of John Glover and the Tasmanian landscape. The prize aims to stimulate conversations about the meaning and possibilities expressed in the words landscape, painting and Tasmania. I will post images of the piece after the opening on the 8th of March. For more info and the list of finalists visit their website here.

The Exhibition will be open to the General Public:
Saturday 9 Mar 2019 -  Sunday 17 Mar 2019
Falls Park Pavillion in Evandale ,Tasmania.

OPENING HOURS
10am - 4pm
Sunday 9am - 4pm

Port Jackson Press Summer Salon

Four of my etchings including two from my most recent series Distance of Longing are currently on exhibition at Port Jackson Press in their Summer Salon exhibition, December 1st - January 30th 2019. My prints are in great company with new works by their stable of talented artists. You can find the list of my works here. If you are interested in purchasing any of these pieces you will find their gallery manager Laura to be wonderfully helpful.

I really love how the etchings they selected show the development of my landscape work over recent years. The earliest piece Suburban Pastoral 3 depicts suburbia as the intersection of constructed and natural space, a frontier. Ghost Gum Woods moves into a true wilderness space with sinuous gums recalling the works of Sydney Long and John Glover. Distance of Longing (allure) and (disquiet) take the Australian wilderness to a sublime place of dreaming and horror. Imposing monumental mountains in the distance invoking fantasy and desire reflecting the subjective and constructed nature of landscape art.

Port Jackson Press

Summer Salon

1/12/2018 - 30/1/2019

67 Cambridge Street, Collingwood Victoria,

3066, Australia

Wednesday - Saturday: 11am - 5pm

Heysen Prize for Landscape 2018

Next to the Skin is a finalist in the Hahndorf Academy's 2018 Heyson Prize for Landscape. The prize encourages artists to express their deep connection with, or their deep concern for, the Australian landscape and environment.

Attachment to place is an ongoing theme that I have explored in my work through the depiction of landscapes using craft techniques. Next to the Skin is seductive and feminine, imagery of Australian wilderness landscapes is shaped to the body, creating a new girly wilderness.

Exhibition dates are from the 6th of October to the 9th of December 2018.

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Pro Hart Outback Art Prize

My work Verdant Skin has been selected as a finalist in the Pro Hart Outback Art Prize at  Broken Hill Regional Gallery . The exhibition is open from the 3rd of August to 23rd of September 2018.    Laser cut from kangaroo leather ‘Verdant Skin’ distills the outback landscape into the purely decorative. The curl of the leather is unrestrained, maintaining a relationship to the body that was underneath. The intricately cut pattern is reminiscent of lace and doilies, transforming the land into a domestic space

My work Verdant Skin has been selected as a finalist in the Pro Hart Outback Art Prize at Broken Hill Regional Gallery. The exhibition is open from the 3rd of August to 23rd of September 2018.

Laser cut from kangaroo leather ‘Verdant Skin’ distills the outback landscape into the purely decorative. The curl of the leather is unrestrained, maintaining a relationship to the body that was underneath. The intricately cut pattern is reminiscent of lace and doilies, transforming the land into a domestic space