Toyota Community Spirit Gallery presents 50 emerging artists from the cities of Hobsons Bay, Port Phillip & Beyond
time AND tide Living and surviving in the 21st Century
27 March to 27 June 2013 Toyota Australia, 155 Bertie Street, Port Melbourne, Victoria Gallery Hours Mon - Fri 9am to 5pm or by appointment. Inquiries Ken Wong 0419 570 846
Toyota Community Spirit Gallery The Toyota Community Spirit Gallery is an initiative of the Toyota Community Foundation, Toyota Australiaâ€™s corporate citizenship program. Toyota Community Foundation develops partnerships that share Toyotaâ€™s skills, networks, expertise and other resources with the community. The gallery aims to provide space for artists, especially emerging artists to show their work. The space is provided free of charge to exhibiting artists. No commission is charged on sales and Toyota provides an exhibition launch and develops a catalogue for each exhibition. The gallery has now shown works by over 900 artists. This project is mounted in consultation with Hobsons Bay City Council and the City of Port Phillip.
time AND tide
Living and surviving in the 21st Century
Featuring the works of Stuart Amos Kim Anderson Alana Aphoy Garry Arnephy Colin Bennison Gayle Bodsworth Iris Bonello Emily Boyle Laura Carthew Andrew Clarke Julian Clavijo Virginia Coghill Maree Coote Alexander Dathe Rhys Davis Peter Georgakis Sharon Greenaway
Rachael Hallinan Lily Halton Rebecca Hillis Amaya Iturri Vicky Kanellopoulos Roz Kennedy linke Frances Loriente Carmel Louise Larissa MacFarlane Leah Mariani Kim McKechnie Mark Daniel McLaughlin Tatiana Mezin Monique Morter Keiko Murakami Gervaise Netherway
Peter Newton Kim Preston Alun Rhys Jones Tanya Salter Ann Spitzer Adam Stone Jim Tatlis Mitch Walder Annie Hsiao-Wen Wang Charlotte Wensley Vanessa White Jodi Wiley Bernii Wood Daniel Worth Yeok 23rd Key
thanks to Tania Blackwell, Hobsons Bay City Council Louisa Scott, City of Port Phillip Toyota Community Spirit Gallery Committee Katarina Persic, Toyota Australia Peter Griffin, Toyota Australia Glenn Campbell, Toyota Australia Steve Blakebrough
catalogue editing pre press & graphic design
Ken Wong (watcharts.com.au) Sandra Kiriacos (watcharts.com.au)
sales enquirieS for any of the works in the catalogue can be made by contacting the curator Ken Wong on 0419 570 846 or email@example.com TOYOTA COMMUNITY SPIRIT GALLERY MAIL LIST If you are interested in becoming involved in the gallery program or wish to be added to our mailing list to be kept informed of upcoming events, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.watcharts.com.au/toyota.html or phone 03 58214548 IMAGE FRONT COVER Plastic Pacific # 5 Digital Photograph (Edition 1/25) 70 x 54cm, 2012 by Kim Preston INSIDE COVER The odd man out Photograph (Edition 1/5) 60 x 75cm, 2012 by Rachael Hallinan IMAGE THIS SPREAD Genesis Oil on linen, 167 x 106cm, 2012 by Alun Rhys Jones IMAGE FOLLOWING SPREAD: Exoskull inkjet print (Edition 2/5) 52 x 52cm, 2012 by Adam Stone The opinions and points of view expressed by participants through the artworks and artists statements in this exhibition and catalogue are those of the individual person or persons and are not intended to reflect the position of Toyota Australia.
KEN WONG CURATOR In many ways this, our 31st and the 9th annual emerging artist exhibition, is a high watermark for the Toyota Community Spirit Gallery. Since its humble beginnings in 2004, our program has now shown the works of over 900 individual artists, providing opportunities not only for them to show their work, but to expand their horizons and develop their practice and confidence in their own artistic voice, and to share their perspectives and insights with each other and the wider community. From the very beginning, our program has focused on emerging artists from the local communities of the cities of Hobsons Bay and Port Phillip. Both of these local municipalities are home to significant Toyota facilities, the national Corporate Headquarters in Port Melbourne, and the factory and assembly plant at Altona. While originally a creative response to a local planning requirement for a public art component in the development of its new Corporate Headquarters, the program has also always provided a strategic opportunity to interact with, contribute to and share resources with the local community. While demand for inclusion in the program has expanded with the galleries growing national profile, (we regularly host artists from the wider Australian community from throughout Victoria and interstate), we have also always sought to maintain our local focus. This exhibition features the works of 50 emerging artists, 18 from Hobsons Bay and Port Phillip. The title, Time and Tide â€“ living and surviving in the 21st Century was inspired by the work by Kim McKechnie and the statements by Lily Halton and Carmel Louise. It also has a broader contextual resonance in the themes and perspectives on life in the 21st Century that the practice of this group of artists is able to bring to light, reflecting concerns about consumerism and the exploitation of our planets natural resources, communication and connection across social, cultural, geographic and economic boundaries and our interactions with each other and the indigenous and migrant humans and animals that inhabit our country and now global community. The theme of water, as a common connection that flows through, around and within and without us
is also a strong cohesive element running through this exhibition. Hobsons Bay and Port Phillip are both bayside suburbs that are connected by the Port Phillip Bay and the Westgate Bridge over the Yarra River. These in turn are connected to the Pacific ocean and through this, all the oceans and influences of all the peoples of the world, highlighting our global connection to our environment and each other. The practice of art is something unique to human beings, and its ability to explore and expose these connections between us and share our collective thoughts and feelings, is a powerful resource that should not be underestimated or taken for granted, especially in these changing and challenging times. Indeed, our program at Toyota Community Spirit Gallery is not immune to the vast array of influences that play upon contemporary society, and there are significant changes ahead for us in 2013. It is pleasing at this point to note though, that in a ground breaking application of the internationally recognized Social Return on Investment (SROI) protocols applied recently to the arts and cultural outcomes of the TCSG, it has been established that for every dollar spent by Toyota on our program, $3.28 worth of social value is created in the Australian community. Despite this, changes to our funding model and a changing focus within Toyota in its corporate social responsibility programs towards small community grants to local organisations, mean that certain aspects of our program will change. Change is inevitable. In fact, adaptation to change is and always will be, a fundamental cornerstone of the development and evolution of life as we know it. It is how we adapt and respond, to the many changes and challenges of the 21st Century that are now thrust upon us, that will determine our survival and our quality of life into the future. We must look to create and exploit new opportunities to survive and prosper, while considering and embracing our responsibility to our environment and each other at every turn. To paraphrase the old saying, change waits for no man. Welcome to Time and Tide.
Ken Wong is the Director of Watch Arts, a Victorian based contemporary arts consultancy. He has worked in the fine arts industry for over fifteen years in both commercial and community arts, curating and managing a host of projects including gallery and outdoor sculpture exhibitions.
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Stuart Amos Kim Anderson Alana Aphoy Garry Arnephy Colin Bennison Gayle Bodsworth Iris Bonello Emily Boyle Laura Carthew Andrew Clarke Julian Clavijo Virginia Coghill Maree Coote Alexander Dathe Rhys Davis Peter Georgakis Sharon Greenaway Rachael Hallinan Lily Halton Rebecca Hillis Amaya Iturri Vicky Kanellopoulos Roz Kennedy Linke Frances Loriente
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Carmel Louise Larissa MacFarlane Leah Mariani Kim McKechnie Mark Daniel McLaughlin Tatiana Mezin Monique Morter Keiko Murakami Gervaise Netherway Peter Newton Kim Preston Alun Rhys Jones Tanya Salter Ann Spitzer Adam Stone Jim Tatlis Mitch Walder Annie Hsiao-Wen Wang Charlotte Wensley Vanessa White Jodi Wiley Bernii Wood Daniel Worth Yeok 23rd Key
Stuart Amos guest (vic)
Newborn Oil on canvas, 50 x 76cm, 2012 $1900
I have never had an exhibition or any representation and have only recently attempted to exhibit my artwork in galleries. I always think of my paintings as a still shot within a larger story. At the moment I am exploring the decay of human constructs and their replacement with the vibrance of nature in its never-ending battle to take back our concrete jungle.
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Stuart considers his style of painting to be realism with a surreal edge. He has no formal training, having learned through observation. He spent many years working with acrylics but has recently switched to oils, discovering his great passion. He is influenced by the realistic style of American artist Chuck Close and the surreal imagery of English photographer Storm Thorgerson.
Kim Anderson guest (vic)
These drawings are from a body of work titled Skin, a series of large-scale, highly detailed portraits of the hands of people very close to me. Our hands, along with our feet, are in constant contact with the rest of the world, more worn and creased than anywhere else on the body. They are tough yet sensitive, dexterous and yet somehow vulnerable, and highly demonstrative of complex emotions. I closely examine the lines, creases, patterns and scars that are unique to each individual; these constantly change from the moment we are born, tracing out our entire life history. I search for the precious memories that linger in the fingertips, and discover the momentarily forgotten pain of loss in the creases of the knuckles. I am privileged to examine so closely the minute details of anotherâ€™s physical body to an extent that they themselves will never do, and hope that I am able to tell their story truthfully and sensitively.
58 Ink on Japanese washi, 186 x 90cm, 2012 $2450
Kim graduated with a Master of Fine Art from the University of Dundee in Scotland in 2008. In 2012 she was a finalist in the Rick Amor Drawing Prize and the winner of the Eureka Art Prize, Ballarat Arts Foundation. More of her work can be seen at www.kim-anderson.com.au.
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Alana Aphoy guest (vic)
It is very easy to get overwhelmed by the chaos that is Kolkata, India. It is a city that will assault your senses. Most of the time you are left in pure disbelief as to how the millions live. However there is something very inspiring amongst all this chaos and that comes from the peoples will to live, to survive. How they do this astonishes me, but they do. This is one of a series of photographs that reflect on this.
On the Way to Terity Bazar-5 Photograph (Edition 1/12), 53 x 43cm, 2013 $595
Born in the 80â€™s, Alana grew up inspired by The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Talking Heads and Billy Idol. At 15, she then discovered artists like Cindy Sherman and Diane Arbus. That soon saw her learning photography. Alana went on to study at the Victorian College of the Arts and began working for a street press magazine photographing bands. Alana has now spent 15 years behind the lense photographing all that she can.
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Garry Arnephy city of port phillip
The Last Voyage Oil on canvas, 50 x 91cm, 2012 $3500
My landscape work is inspired by the places I have visited and by Australian and International Masters. My current body of work is The Final Destination; where ships are docked on the beach and then stripped for scrapped recyclable metal. It is a scene that many people do not get to see. In some ways it is a surreal sight with majestic, monolithic ships beached on the foreshore.
Garry was born in South Melbourne and has worked in the Fashion and Graphic Industry for 20 years. In 2002 he returned to study and completed a Diploma of Graphic Art at RMIT. Through his studies he has been developing his art practice, experimenting with many different techniques, mediums, colours and textures.
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Colin Bennison guest (vic)
Two megabytes.... Acrylic, charcoal and conte crayon on canvas, 76 x 102cm, 2012 $800
After a period of painting fulltime I discovered I was allergic, like many artists, to the materials used in the practice of oil painting. This led me to rethink and re-adjust the way I conducted my art practice. I decided to concentrate on my greatest strength, my draughtsmanship. I returned to the study the great masters of drawing, Raphael, Lorrain, Delacroix, Rubens and many, many others. All produced magnificent works using the basic materials used for centuries by artists i.e., charcoal and red chalk. From those studies I developed the way I now work.
Colin was born in County Durham, England and studied at Darlington School of Art before graduating from Newcastle upon Tyne College of Art & lndustrial Design in 1957. He arrived in Australia in 1972 and spent his career in various creative management positions before retiring to develop his art practice. He first exhibited as an emerging artist at Toyota in 2008 and has since exhibited in major regional galleries from Castlemaine to Coffs Harbour. In 2010 he held a very successful solo show and was awarded the Painting Excellence Prize at The Pink Lady Art Exhibition in Brighton and Peoples Choice Awardâ€™s at a portrait exhibition at Brightspace Gallery in St Kilda and the 2011 Great Southern Portrait Prize.
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Gayle Bodsworth guest (nsw)
This piece focuses on the concept of community for those born in the depression era (generally known as The Silent Generation). The work endeavours to highlight how the concept of community differs between the generations. Whereas younger generations ‘Y’ and ‘Z’ typically embrace the world community via electronic media, for The Silent Generation, their community may consist simply of a beloved pet.
The Silent Generation Graphite pencil and charcoal on paper, 42 x 32cm, 2012 $750
Gayle is relatively new to the world of art, having drawn for only the past 3 years as a member of the local U3A art group where she lives, in Northern Rivers, NSW. Encouraged by her inclusion in the For We are Young and Free exhibition at Toyota in 2012, she has continued to develop her charcoal drawings, endeavouring to create works that are interesting enough to evoke an empathetic response and cause the viewer to consider the context.
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Iris Bonello guest (vic)
This drawing was done out of a concept I had. It depicts Industrial forces tugging at each other for the right to deface and pollute the natural structure of an ancient and beautiful land.
Why? Markers and pencil on paper, 31 x 22cm, 2012 $75
Iris found out late in life that her love of drawing provided her with not only a pleasant pastime but also a creative outlet that allows her a means of self-expression and an opportunity to contribute to art and culture in the wider community.
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Emily Boyle city of hobsons bay
Vessel 1, Archival digital print (Artist Proof), 59 x 85cm, 2011, $600
The Vessel series deals with the relationship between real and imagined environments, with an emphasis on the role that memory and learned associations play in shaping perceptions of space. Imagery of ordinary suburban architecture is interpreted through a print-based practice to construct ambiguous landscapes that fluctuate between presence and absence, solidity and emptiness, and the familiar and the unknown. Through a process of digital manipulation, hand-cutting and transfer, the symbolic and literal weight of the buildings depicted is challenged, enabling a questioning of the values that become embedded within the architecture of the everyday.
Emily is a print-based artist living and working in Melbourne. She recently completed a Master of Fine Art at RMIT University. She works from School House Studios in Abbotsford, and has exhibited regularly since 2010. She has twice taken part in the Hobsonâ€™s Bay Art in Public Places and in 2011 was awarded First Prize of a solo exhibition. Emily recently established and facilitated a screen-printing workshop with a group of artists from Ngukurr, Arnhem Land, in collaboration with printmaker Rebecca Mayo and artist Simon Normand.
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Laura Carthew guest (vic)
Hero on the horse Digital C-Type print (Edition of 5), 82 x 114cm, 2012 $1200
This work is inspired by a found photograph of the King Edward VII monument, situated in the Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne. The Hero on the horse is a colloquialism that represents a recurrent model of commemorative public sculpture. This form of monument adorns many parks and thoroughfares throughout the world. Monuments serve to commemorate the past, yet the historical moment referenced by each monument is often detached from contemporary societies interests. An act of forgetting surfaces through this process, leaving openings for imaginative interactions.
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Laura is an interdisciplinary artist based in Melbourne who graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) in 2011. Her practice includes video, photography, installation and artist books. Her work forms central dialogues between culturally accepted notions of commemoration, history and the duality of remembering and forgetting. She has previously exhibited at East Gippsland Art Gallery, Light Projects, Nellie Castan Gallery, Platform Contemporary Art Spaces, Seventh Gallery and Yarra Sculpture Gallery.
Andrew Clarke guest (vic)
I have found I like acrylic on canvas; the thought of being able to correct mistakes has led to less mistakes! I also enjoy doodling. This self-portrait is a painting about my life as a carer and the joys and frustrations about painting and the joys and frustrations of life.
Self Portrait Acrylic on canvas, 61 x 61cm, 2013 $600
Andrew painted a little in his late teens, but after failing Year 9 art, did not paint again until his mid fifties. He has worked as a gardener and designed and built his own house before becoming a primary carer and supporter for his son, Matthew, who despite his disability is a talented artist with a vigorous career focused practice. Inspired by his son, Andrew is now starting to enjoy painting and is hoping for some acknowledgement of what he has to say.
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Julian Clavijo city of port phillip
Colourless Oil on canvas, 100 x 130cm, 2013, $1480
My practice is focused in recent history and the socio-political injustices and human rights violations currently happening around the world. There is a sensation that in contemporary society we live bombarded by advertising messages trying to make you have, be or turn into what consumer society wants you to have, be or become. It is easy to loose sight of what is really happening outside of the bubble where we live called Australia. We live behind the bars of a developed society guiding our lives for the sake of economy. How we think, how we react and how we behave is mostly moulded by society. But what is beyond what we see in the media? What is really happening where there exist failed societies? What happens to the children in the middle of senseless wars led by material interests? What do they eat, wear or breathe… or die for? Where are the magic colours of a “normal childhood” for those children?
Julian graduated from RMIT University a Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) and also has an Honours Degree from Univerisdad Internacional de las Americas in Costa Rica. His practice ranges from hand sculpting to visual works to paintings and large public art pieces exploring the urban space and transformation through a practical study of pattern and colour. More of his work can be seen at www.julianclavijo.com
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Virginia Coghill city of hobsons bay
I never expected that I would love to paint so much nor did I anticipate that I would paint the things I do. For me it is a learning process and full of surprises! My interest in architecture and people is what drives me to paint city scenes. I love how perspective in the streets and lanes creates geometric shapes.
Block Arcade, Collins Street, Melbourne Watercolour, 75 x 55cm, 2012 $500
Virginia’s mother was an artist and always encouraged her to paint. But somehow or other she never got around to it until much later in life. She began some 5 years ago and quickly became slightly obsessed with painting and now paints whenever she can. She is a member of Hobson’s Bay Arts Society and has completed workshops with Julian Bruere and Ted Dansey. She began exhibiting in 2009, including Art in Public Places sponsored by Hobson’s Bay Council.
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Maree Coote city of port phillip
I am a resident of the City of Port Phillip and take great creative inspiration from both history and contemporary culture. I try to express the universal and the local, and to reflect my living experience and sense of place through my art. I read the city and its proclamations like a witness. I hear its beat and rhythm as it weathers the onslaught of relentless growth and reinvention, as it withstands the erosion caused by its inhabitants, and as it heaves under the negligence of the city fathers – those that should be its protectors yet who betray it repeatedly. I try to outline its familiarity, its features, its true identity – all so easy to overlook.
Keep Left Giclee print (Edition 1/10), 100 x 70cm, 2012 $780
Maree was born in Melbourne in 1955, a time of promise, optimism and unlimited possibility. Infused with an eagerness to try everything, she explored music, art and writing. While she has no formal tertiary training in fine art, she works with photography, sketching, painting and giclee printing. In recent years, after much study of local history and local contemporary culture, Maree began to focus her work on the myths of her own local place. Stories from Melbourne and Australia’s past form the basis of her creative expression, exploring myth, meaning and the notion of belonging.
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Alexander Dathe guest (vic)
Street Scene with Figureless Figure Mixed media, 100 x 117cm, 2013, $900
This work is of a lone figure with no distinctive features and could be viewed as someone who has lost all identity. The story so far is that this individual is walking the streets in the early morning, taking in the surroundings that have been so familiar until now; no one is awake, the shops haven’t opened, and it is only the figures fleeting, abstract thoughts that make the canvas texturally detailed. There are questions to be asked as to this lone figure’s place in the world. I have found that this type of figure constantly reappearing in my practice, sometimes with part body other times with no body just clothing. I see this as a way in which my practice is developing into abstraction, by slowly eradicating the figure one limb at a time.
For the past 4 years Alexander has been experimenting with materials and process and developed an approach that can start in two different ways and is able to head in a direction that he sometimes would never have anticipated. One approach is to work with images that are sourced either from photos or from real life. The second begins by making random marks in order to create a setting in which he can explore further. These two approaches can at time’s blend into one, or one can take over the other; resulting in him working with the unknown and unpredictable.
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Rhys Davis guest (nsw)
My work is primarily concerned with the intangible presence of character and its occurrence in the visual. We take this feature for granted in cartoon characters and toys designed specifically for this purpose, but what of its presence in the sculpted figure or the found object? It is the unexpected occurrence of character that fuels my practice. Each piece is almost invariably conceived around the found object . This work reflects the devastating mechanization of the rural animal to meet the urban and global demand for their produce. As technology de-personalises the global citizen, is this a simultaneous characteristic of the once called “farm animal”? This piece that could equally be perceived as cow, sheep or goat depicts a technological mono-species catering to the needs of consumption.
Goat Heater Mother Mixed Media, 80 x 52 x 66cm, 2012 $2500
Rhys was born in Sydney but spent many years living in France, Britain and Japan. These particular cultures’ toys and effigies of the human and animal in history and popular culture remain indelibly influential on her practice. As an avid collector of vintage toys and figurines for many years it is possibly unsurprising that the visual portrayal of character has come to inform her sculptural practice. Equally, initial training in graphic design and subsequent work as an illustrator possibly influences a desire to depict aspects of idiosyncratic amusement or interest.
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Peter Georgakis guest (vic)
My practice concentrates on the morphing of human forms by the use a variety of software programs, including medical imaging tools. These software applications allow me to manipulate physical human forms into a provocative and in some cases pure abstracted visual language. My intention is to create works which rely on the viewer to a gain their very own perceptual grasp, which hopefully leads to a unique understanding of meaning.
Your Life as a Spinning Plate Archival Inks on 100% Cotton Rag 84.1 x 59.4cm, 2012 $225
Peter is currently completing his Honours for a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at University of Ballarat.
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Sharon Greenaway guest (vic)
Working from within the environment in Central Victoria there is much to inspire me, both in the everyday people whom I meet as well as the constantly changing geography. My imagery is heavily influenced by memories, observation, imagination and the environment. I feel I am now finding my own voice, experimenting with new ideas that are based on what I learnt while at university. This digital photogram is an example, inspired from my days in the wet lab darkroom at university, but using more modern technology. This method I have devised myself through trial and error. Living in the middle years of life I have seen sadness and pain, both personally and in the wider world. I love exploring textures and shadows created with light and am always trying to create individual photographs that are strikingly beautiful and at times, poignant.
Remanoir Summer 3 Digital black and white limited edition Photogram printed with pigment ink on Gold Fibre Silk paper, (Edition 1/10 plus Artist Proof) 70 x 50cm, 2013 $450
Sharon moved to Bendigo from the suburbs of Melbourne 22 years ago. She is a wife, mother, author and storyteller who got her first camera at the age of ten. Her great delight was always to capture snapshots of family life, leading to a Visual Arts degree in Photography at La Trobe University that she completed in 2011.
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Rachael Hallinan guest (vic)
The odd man out Photograph (Edition 1/5), 60 x 75cm, 2012 $300
My work depicts the darkness and vulnerability of a family living with the grief and isolation of having a child born with a disability. It inhabits the shadow world between public façade and family reality and explores the weight of things unsaid and shames unshared. It offers empathy and hope, yet suggests a burden of silence more unbearable than the original slight; an insight into the psyche of a mother who often needs to maintain a thick skin to protect her family from other’s ignorance and judgement in order to maintain hope, positivity and advocacy for awareness and thus inclusion.
Rachael was born in 1971 in Newcastle, NSW and has a BA in Fine Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Education as well as a Diploma in Graphic Design. She has worked as an art educator for 12 years. In recent times she has begun exhibiting her own works, which combine the projected image, inkwashed abstract landscapes and expressive mark making to create layered photographic images.
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Lily Halton guest (qld)
I create my concepts from my inner thoughts and feelings, through the processes of reflection and sensitivity. Everyday events, popular culture and social issues inform my personal expression of what it is like to live in the 21st Century.
A day in the park with baby Ink and acrylic on paper 90 x 70cm, 2012 $1500
Lily graduated from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane with BA in Fine Art in 2010. She majored in New Media (Experimental Video)/Sculpture. Over the past 2 years she has been living in Singapore where she has been building her skills, knowledge and experience in the arts community. She had her first solo exhibition in 2012 at the Australian High Commission in Singapore and currently has 3 paintings included in their Australia Day exhibition. She now resides on the Gold Coast and continues to pursue all available opportunities in the arts industry including gallery representation, applying for grants/ residencies, applying for art competitions both nationally and overseas, continuing to grow her network of likeminded artists and working towards securing her next solo exhibition.
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Rebecca Hillis guest (nsw)
I enjoy exploring the relationship between curves and angles while misrepresenting where and how limbs should bend. Like everyone, I am forced to digest everyday imagery, but I am opposed to stereotypes about women and men. I often find that my work is competing with my mind and the way I feel things should look, to be considered beautiful and correct.
Mesmerise Etching (U/S) 122 x 92cm, 2012 $550
Rebecca began painting around 5 years ago and has been exhibiting her work since 2010 in various art prizes and competitions around Australia. She has been a finalist in the Norvill Art Prize and the Paddington Art Prize, among others and her works have also been featured in the online culture newsletter www. lostateminor.com
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Amaya Iturri guest (vic)
The New face Acrylic on duck cotton, 92 x 150cm, 2012 $4000
My works explore and expose issues that are of concerns to me specially the ones related to child well being. This work is about a lot of challenges a country in a stage of quick development has to face.
Amaya completed a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art at Universidad Pais Vasco, in Bilbao,Spain in 1988. She exhibited widely in Spain and since coming to Australia has exhibited in various group exhibitions and produced 3 solo shows as well as a commissioned public art mural for Moreland City Council at Sparta Place, Brunswick.
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Vicky Kanellopoulos guest (vic)
This work represents the future credit card in a utopian society as predicted in the Book of Revelation. In the New World, people will no longer need to carry money, credit cards or cards of identification. All details would be stored in a micro/biochip implanted in the human hand where Big Brother will have complete access to oneâ€™s personal information. The sculpture shows the hand infected and deformed from having the chip implanted by this foreign material, the body naturally rejecting this way of life.
Mark of the Beast Bronze, 22 x 14 x 10cm, 2012 NFS
Vicky is an emerging Australian artist whose work is influenced by her cultural background. With a keen interest in Greek mythology, spiritual literature and the cycles of nature, the sculptural element is fundamental to her work in which form, shape, depth and texture all come into play. Her practice includes jewellery and sculpture and she is currently studying for a Degree in Fine Art at RMIT University.
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Roz Kennedy city of hobsons bay
Charlie Oil on canvas, 102 x 102cm, 2013 $660
Where I live in Hobsons Bay was once known as DogTown; there are many off lead areas and most cafes feature a water bowl for our dogs as well. We regard our pets as more than just an animal, they are free of personal prejudices and judgemental statements, so we confide in them and they listen. Charlie is larger than life and exploding with colour, he is energetic and always there for us.
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Roz completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1989. She works intuitively, capturing the essence of the subject matter by working quickly with a large palette knife. Swatches of bold and brightly coloured impasto oil paint are typical of her works. She delves into the character of her subject to capture the fundamental nature of the underlying themes.
linke guest (vic)
Linke is an Indigenous artist and photographer based in Melbourne. Her works span stencil art, street photography, digital art and upcycled pieces. Global built environments and back alleys inspire her to portray not just the physical form, but to consider or seek to encapsulate the stories and struggles lurking in these communities.
Modern Tapestry Spray paint on canvas, 61 x 61cm, 2013 $180
A love of the quirky means my works can squeeze in ironic and humorous overtones. I believe my latest street-art style work is a culmination of my digital art and photographic works, combined with my fascination for the stories of the streets. For this work, Iâ€™ve combined a four-layer stencil of an Aboriginal woman in historical clothing, with the popping colours and geometric patterns of our more modern time. The irony of her simple dress and gloomy demeanour against bright and cheery colours is intended. This juxtaposition is also meant to signify the progress the Australian community has made in the treatment of Indigenous Australians, as well as remind us we still have a way to go to achieve equality.
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Frances Loriente city of hobsons bay
Buckskin Bronze casting on wood and metal base, 28 x 30 x 16cm, 2012/13 Additional castings available $1200 each figure
This piece depicts the energy, immediacy and vibrancy of playing in the streets.
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Frances was born in Williamstown, Victoria, to migrant European parents. The dichotomy between these two cultures has been a constant source of exploration in her artwork. She graduated, from Monash University with Bachelor of Arts Fine Arts in 1992, and travelled through Italy, Spain, Ireland, England and Scotland in the late nineties further exploring her artistic influences. She has been exhibiting regularly in Australia since graduating in group shows and 6 major solo exhibitions. Her latest solo exhibition, Fragmented Soundscapes, looked at Melbourne musical culture with some 200 pieces produced over a 10-year period. She has also worked with other artists and architects to create a largescale installation in a public space at Footscray Library.
Carmel Louise city of port phillip
Carmel completed her BA in Fine Art with Distinction at RMIT in 2010. Since November 2010, her art practice involved the establishment of a Photographic Program through St Kilda Community Housing. Carmel’s artwork is not concerned with the traditional or documentary notion of photography. Her work references her own theory developed in conjunction with a new style of non-objective abstract photography. This theory involves a process that achieves a new abstracted image that is not predetermined, and is described by the artist as “DeConstructed Photography”. HTM - Light and Colour In Motion No.2 Photograph (Edition 1/20), 45 x 45cm, 2013 $450
These abstracted images are my homage to Mondrian. By using a downloaded Mondrian image Composition A, 1920 as a template I created a layered abstracted effect that reflects a contemporary measure of city life. Inner city living, high rise apartments, mobile phones, computers, internet and facebook;that constant consumption of energy and experience keeps the modern populace connected 24/7. As we have entered the 21st century riding on the wave of advanced technology accessible to all, our way of life evolves with it. More time to do less, the velocity and intensity of existence is reflected in the many connected information pathways. Electricity, light and radio waves, digital, wireless technology, transport and even medical implants maintain our connection to the “grid”, the energy and vitality of modern life. These images reflect the underlying spirituality of modern 21st century life that rises above cultural divisions. The primary colours represent a common language based in simplicity and purity.
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Larissa MacFarlane city of hobsons bay
This copper plate etching is inspired by idyllic summer days in Hobsons Bay, looking back to the (partially imagined) city of Melbourne. It also references the great oceanic gyres. These oceanic currents have in recent times trapped manmade ocean debris into huge floating islands of plastic rubbish and have come to be known as the Great Pacific or North Atlantic Garbage Patches.
The Plastic Gyre of Port Phillip Copper etching on Hahnmueller paper (Edition of 10) 49 x 39cm, 2012 $350
Larissa is primarily a printmaker, exploring the mediums of etching, mezzotints, lino and woodcuts. Living in Melbourneâ€™s West, she is inspired to explore what it means to live at the intersection of the industrial, the suburban and the natural worlds. Larissa also draws inspiration from her experience of illness and disability to investigate ideas of belonging and place, healing and change and ways that we can celebrate what we have here and now. She is motivated by the poetry of those everyday challenges that we face both individually and globally. Her journey as a practicing artist began over a decade ago after a head injury enhanced her visual perceptions. She completed a Diploma in Visual Arts (CAE) in 2010 and is currently pursuing printmaking studies at RMIT. She has won several awards including the 2012 Mini Print International Asia Pacific, 2011 Arts Access Australia Award, 2010 Wyndham Contemporary Art Prize and was a 2012 Silk Cut Awards finalist. Larissa has a strong interest in community art, leading many projects that use principles of peer support and self-advocacy to be inclusive of people of all abilities. She also has a curatorial practice, including co-curating exhibitions at Footscray Community Arts Centre (Trans for Impact7, 2011) and Louis Joel Gallery (Exquisite Link, 2011).
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Leah Mariani guest (vic)
Twice as nice Oil on canvas, 40.5 x 30.5cm, 2013, $350
Market Day Oil on canvas, 40.5 x 30.5cm, 2013, $350
My latest series of work explores the link between fashion and identity. While it is well established that what we wear portrays a message about who we are, my work more specifically considers how what we wear tells a story about who we love. It is not uncommon for couples and close friends to dress alike. Whether done consciously or subconsciously, it shows that our choices about what we wear are influenced by our relationships. Not surprisingly the subjects of my paintings are mostly couples and siblings, standing side by side. The subjects often look alike and whilst they may not be dressed identically, their clothing is replaced by flat areas of matching pattern, irrevocably connecting them. The inclusion of pattern in each composition is done through the use of printed fabric, providing an additional link with fashion. The material used to create fashion in life is the same material used to represent fashion in my work. This, as well as the use of fashion models as subjects, conceptually connects the work to fashion. Thus in fashion we find art and identity.
Leah is an emerging artist who works in painting, collage and printmaking, with a particular interest in pattern. She was a selected as a finalist for the 2012 Lethbridge Small-Scale Art Award and the 2011 Metro Art Award.
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Kim McKechnie city of hobsons bay
On a quiet Thursday morning in February, I stood on the beach at Bridport looking out at the remains of the old pier. Before me, a young boy played in the shallows, running in and out of the water and digging in the sand, his grandmother keeping a watchful eye over him. As they played together, I took photos of the old pier, its markings, left there through time and tide, in some way reflecting the years between this young boy and his grandmother. Just as she would have stories of her lifetime to share, the old pier forms a gathering place, catching the stories of the sea on its pillars, holding them there for passing generations to inherit. These images of the pier have been playing over and over in my mind, of its bare beauty and its raw texture. I was compelled to weave it, carefully, by hand; to make some sort of representation of the layers that have built up over time, of a man made structure that nature will slowly take over in its own delicate and graceful way.
Of Time and Tide Linen, silk, paper, cotton 65 x 20 x 20cm, 2012 POA
Kim was born into a family of tailors and dressmakers so it seemed only natural she would find herself weaving, stitching, binding and printing labour intensive yet delicate pieces out of materials such as linen, silk and cotton. Her inspiration comes from the natural beauty of the landscape and from found and collected objects from both the natural and man made worlds.
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Mark Daniel McLaughlin guest (qld)
Happy Times Acrylic on canvas, 92 x 92cm, 2012 $750
My style is cartoon nostalgia reflecting on cartoons and comics. It asks the viewer to engage with the images by imagining the faces and features. This painting is from an exhibition called Once Upon a Toy Town that was shown at the Cairns Regional Gallery in 2012.
Mark was born in Sydney but now lives and paints in Cairns in Far North Queensland.
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Tatiana Mezin city of port phillip
Toka, Tomato Sauce and Pelmeni Acrylic and texta on linen, 51 x 51cm, 2013 $550
My goal with this painting was to give the viewer a greater insight into the subject’s personality not often seen by outsiders. The scene represents many memories of my childhood, having fun laughing with my brother Toka at the dinner table. Toka is extremely introverted and shy, and few people see the quirky and funny side of him. He is known to toss the tomato sauce in the air as he carries it to the table, with the lid not being screwed on. The tomato sauce is for the Pelmeni, a staple in our Russian household.
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Growing up in Victoria and from a Russian family who migrated from China, Tatiana’s family would often visit Balaclava on weekends to buy Russian food, videos and newspapers (prior to the days of Internet). She would often use the newspaper articles as part of her homework essays for Saturday Russian School. This established Russian community was a source of much support to her family. Nowadays she and her husband still visit to buy Russian goods and frequent Russian restaurants in the area.
Monique Morter guest (vic)
Annabelle as Odalisque Pastel on paper, 97 x 130cm, 2012 $900
The imagery in the work is based on my own photography of female stage actors; an homage to the heroine in film. The woman is monumental and supple, and indebted to the classicism of Hellenistic sculpture.
Monique completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (drawing) at RMIT University in 2010. She has exhibited in group exhibitions, worked on collaborative installations at Metasenta- Centre for Contemporary Drawing and held solo exhibitions at First Site Gallery and Carbon Black Gallery in Melbourne.
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Keiko Murakami city of hobsons bay
Printmaking always has an element of surprise. I’m still excited at that magic moment when the image emerges from the press after hours of preparation, and I get to see if what’s in my head has appeared on the paper. This work deals with my paranoia about moths. They seem to want to attack me and I think they want to get inside my head.
Metamorphosis Etching Aquatint (Edition 2/20), 42 x 41.5cm, 2011 $380
Keiko was born in Japan and was a fashion designer in Tokyo before moving to Australia around 12 years ago. She now works as a printmaker and painter based in Melbourne’s CBD and many of her recent works are inspired by the city. Keiko is entranced by the inherent beauty of the natural world, and some of the works question our relationship to nature – endangered species literally vanish before our eyes, pretty girls morph into marsupials, and butterflies appear flying close to the characters heads as if escaping from a dream.
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Gervaise Netherway city of hobsons bay
Gervaise battled with trying to figure out what he should do in life after finishing high school. He worked a job at a bank but quit to travel and then started painting and since then, hasnâ€™t looked back. He completed a Diploma of Visual Arts with High Distinction at Swinburne University in 2012 and has been accepted to study for a Bachelor of Fine Arts at VCA this year. His works have also been featured at lostateminor.com
Mouse Trap Acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 120 x100cm, 2012, NFS
Through my paintings I want people to arrive at a place where they can space out. I think everyone kind of talks to them self aimlessly in their head all day without ever questioning this process. I explore depression, anxiety, and the truth behind identity through the use of fictitious characters from cartoons representing human emotions and mental predicaments. This work in particular presents a potent visual description of the feeling of no escape from the mind and its horrors for those who suffer from mental illness and inner turmoils.
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Peter Newton guest (vic)
White Caps Oil on canvas, 56 x 81cm, 2012 $440
I like exploring different materials, concepts and themes. I am enjoying painting more than ever and look forward to what the future brings. This is a scene from near where I live by the sea and the Barwon River. I see different colour reflections with the change season. When I am walking or riding my bike I take a mental picture and then translate this onto canvas.
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Living by the sea, Peter is continually inspired by the beauty of the coastal surroundings, landscapes and the environment of where he lives, the city of greater Geelong and Surf Coast. His interpretations of that beauty are what he seeks to capture on canvas, with seascapes being one of the main subjects. His work ranges from realist to contemporary modern and he has sold commissioned work locally, interstate and overseas.
Kim Preston city of port phillip
The series Plastic Pacific explores the devastating impact of plastics accumulation in our oceans by transforming everyday household objects into the sea creatures choking to death in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
While an overuse of plastics and a reliance on single serve products, as well as their irresponsible disposal, is something that I am and will remain passionate about, I ultimately hope to encourage people to think beyond one specific issue, and question the broader impact that our way of life has on both the environment and on our fellow human beings. As my practice develops I aspire to tackle a range of issues that trouble me, in an unashamed attempt to make the world a better place for everyone.
Since completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) at RMIT in 2000, Kim has largely focused on her career as a digital designer, only recently re-engaging with art creation through the medium of photography. Above: Plastic Pacific #1 Digital Photograph (Edition of 25) 70 x 54cm, 2012 $290/ $225 unframed Right: Plastic Pacific #5 Digital Photograph (Edition of 25) 54 x 70cm, 2012 $290/ $225 unframed
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Alun Rhys Jones represented by Lethbridge Gallery guest (nsw)
My work depicts the melancholy, alienation and detachment that lie behind the glossy veneer of consumerism. The images are clean and precise, while the painting style is physical, loose and expressive. Through the use of high key, luminous colour and glossy metallic, I seek to exploit the language of fashion and advertising in order to subvert it. My use of the ‘painterly hand’ references the desire for a return of humanity and spirit to a consumerist world.
Genesis Oil on linen, 167 x 106cm, 2012 $2200
In 2011 Alun graduated from the National Art School with an Honours Degree in Painting and was Highly Commended in the John Olsen Prize for Figure Drawing. In 2012 he was a semi-finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and a finalist in the Waverley Art Prize, Whyalla Art Prize, Northern Rivers Portrait Prize and Albany Art Prize. Since graduating Alun has held 3 solo shows and been involved in numerous group shows.
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Tanya Salter guest (vic)
Lazy Sunday Oil on canvas, 92 x 120cm, 2013 $850
My current artwork is focusing on the human face. It is complicated, individual, unique and beautiful and you only become aware of this once you start painting or drawing this subject. I enjoy painting the face with expressive and colourful brush strokes. I find this technique most enjoyable and exciting.
Tanya was born in 1974 and completed a Bachelor of Arts, Textile Design, at RMIT University in 1999. Her love for the fine arts started when she had her first baby. Her first solo exhibition was at Fitzroy Gallery in 2001. For ten years she has been exhibiting, displaying artwork and entering art competitions. In the last two years she has devoted herself to art as a career, with a disciplined approach that includes painting every day, visiting galleries for business and starting an art group; the Romsey Arts Society.
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Ann Spitzer guest (vic)
Full House (Limited Edition Giclée Print 7/30) on bamboo and rag paper, taken from an original ink over watercolour painting 51.5 x 45cm, 2012 $450
I originally majored in Sculpture, using old silver to make assemblages. I then moved on to ink painting which I placed over a wash of watercolour. After the preparatory drawings were completed, I moved on to the slow process of layering the ink, over the watercolour wash. Gradually the flat painting began to move, the images moving backwards and forwards depending on my use of colour. On completion I have a limited edition of giclée prints printed. My subject matter consists of stylized/naive images of birds, fish, flowers, animals and a few people. I also enjoy using shapes, forms and patterns. Throughout all this, colour continues to be the driving force. I enjoy the excitement of seeing the enormous difference the addition of a single colour can make to a painting.
Ann completed a Diploma of Visual Art at the C.A.E. in 2009. This was followed by a Post-Graduate in Professional Studies studio based course with Thornton Walker. She now works as a studio-based artist.
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Adam Stone guest (vic)
Exoskull Inkjet Print (Edition 2/5) 52 x 52cm, 2012 $380
I am interested in BMX riding and extreme sport. Ideas of life, death and transformation underpin my work, which serves as a reaction to the intense fear of death and discomfort that surrounds the subject in modern society. I am particularly concerned with the tension between the digital and the real and the strange blurring of these boundaries. My primary concern is with an exploration of controlling the uncontrollable.
Adam is a Melbourne based photographer, video and installation artist who is currently completing his BFA (Hons) at the VCA. He was the recipient of the Orloff Family Charitable Trust Scholarship, The CCP Kodak Salon Borge Imaging Prize and The George Paton Framed Competition Prize in 2012. Adamâ€™s practice spans various forms of media; photography, video, sound and installation.
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Jim Tatlis guest (vic)
Two Houses Oil on canvas, 50 x 50.5cm, 2012 $2500
I have always enjoyed drawing over the years and been interested in art, but two and a half years ago I went to an art class where I first discovered oil painting. My teacher at the time encouraged me to do a Diploma of Visual Arts and I have not looked back since. I was captivated by the art world and now believe I have the potential and ability to fulfill my life long dream of being a professional artist.
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Jim is 49 years of age and only picked up a paintbrush two and a half years ago. In 2011 he enrolled in a Diploma of Visual Art at Chisholm TAFE Frankston where he majored in painting and sculpture, graduating with High Distinction and receiving the Fran Henkley Award of excellence.
Mitch Walder city of port phillip
Untitled (Cycle 3) Acrylic on board, 120 x 120cm, 2013 $1500
Cooped up in a windowless garage in the hollows of Melbourne, I pursue my multidisciplinary practice of painting and drawing. My fascination with the role that art plays not only in society, but within myself, has enabled the work to develop and prosper, evolving my own illustrative style.
Mitch graduated with a Bachelor of Design Arts from the Australian Academy of Design in 2011. Since then his illustration work has been a regular addition of The Age as well as local publications including In Brief, and Melbourne City Journal. He has also exhibited and worked traveling around the United States in conjunction with The Brooklyn Art Library. His debut solo show, Character was at The Owl and Pussycat Gallery in 2011.
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Annie Hsiao-Wen Wang
represented by Syndicate at Danks (Sydney) & Gaffer (Hong Kong) guest (vic)
Butchery (i) Archival inkjet print on Hahnemuhle (Edition 1/10), 66 x 97cm, 2012 $1000
This photograph is from an ongoing series: Marketplace. It is a nostalgic look at the traditional wet markets of Asia. As a child growing up in Taipei many of my fond memories are of situations of meet and greet in these markets. However, much of Asia is now rapidly being taken over by western consumerist ideals; and large, sterile shopping centres are gradually replacing these markets of old values and traditions. This work explores the other end of the spectrum, the dying traditions of food and market culture due to the growing trend towards highly sterilised and polished ‘food pornography’.
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Annie was born in Taipei in 1979 and is now based in Melbourne. An interdisciplinary artist, her work has been exhibited in many cities including Los Angeles, Melbourne, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Taipei and is included in private and public collections around the globe. She is interested in issues of cultural identity in a globalised world, and exploring a silent beauty in what often seems banal or profane at a first glance. It is this tension between the beautiful and obscene which drives her work, aiming to challenge traditional concepts of what is desirable or attractive.
Charlotte Wensley guest (qld)
Heed Acrylic on canvas 76 x 76cm, 2013 $1950
I find that words and emotion are symbiotic and whilst working towards a visual resolution I need both the written exploration of an emotional experience and the brush and canvas to facilitate an outcome. I am fascinated by the abstract nature of emotion and attempt to explore, capture and understand its existence. I encourage each of my paintings to tell a story about the creation of personal emotional identity and the intangible concept of human sentiment. For me there is no greater truth than to create artwork born from personal emotional responses to the everyday and the extraordinary, the real and the ephemeral. I strive to paint that which cannot be seen by others, that uniqueness of feeling which I know belongs only to me.
Charlotte graduated from Leeds University in 1996 with a BA (Honours) in Fine Art and Design and then completed a Post Graduate High School Teaching Certificate. She worked and travelled extensively before emigrating to Australia 11 years ago. Abstract landscape is a recurrent theme in her work, which she believes stems from her childhood years growing up in the Yorkshire Dales in the north of England. The sheer size and scale of this magnificent landscape left a compelling imprint in her mind at a young age and it is against this background that she still resolves and visualises many of her ideas.
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Vanessa White city of port phillip
Back of Murrayâ€™s Movie file - Acrylic painted animation, 2012 $950
My work explores the experience of the body in a highly energetic and physical way to investigate perception, memory and time. The mediums I use include performance, animation, video, painting and soundscape, exploring the sensations of the lived body through multiple perspectives with movement that give voice to and acknowledge the importance of physicality to human identity.
Vanessa is a multidisciplinary artist exploring the perception of bodily experience through physical energetic works involving performance, animation, video and painting. She completed her Masters of Visual Arts (Major in Multidisciplinary Art) at Sydney College of the Arts in 2010.
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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Jodi Wiley guest (vic)
Jodi was born in Melbourne in 1978 and is a self-taught artist with a background in English education and writing. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and two daughters. In 2010 she was the winner of the Darebin Art Show (acquisitive) for Tree (Detail) and has been a finalist in several competitions including the NSW Gallipoli Art Prize for her work Lone Pine Family Tree (2010). More of her works can be seen at jodiwiley.com
Tree Acrylic on canvas 40.5 x 30.5cm, 2010 NFS
I see trees as beautiful and stoic, vulnerable yet hardy and ultimately shaped by their environment. The trees I use as reference can be found in suburban and urban environments, growing on nature strips, in public parks or by the sides of roads. They are often taken for granted in their urban landscape. As a result my trees appear stark against a solid white background, highlighting their singularity. I am interested in trees as ritual symbols for memory and the way they are used to make meaning at different milestones: a tree planted in memorial of a life, as a celebration of a birth, or to commemorate a particular event. I am also intrigued by how children transform trees through play; often a single tree remains a vivid childhood memory in the adult imagination. I aim to capture the ethereal, visceral nature of trees; their mystery but also the solid, grounded reality of their existence.
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BerniI Wood city of port phillip
Show hide Stoneware, 18 x 9 x 9cm each, 2012 $750 as installation
Photograph Catherine Acin
I am interested in the different ways memory may be captured whether through material, process, form or function; the variables and distortions that can arise through these and the narratives that result in the end. Stories are told through repeating forms and patterns, the use of texture, and handwritten text. In my current practice, I have focused on making houses and vessels, using text from a blog created in 2011. This selected work plays with the notion of house as container â€“ of memories, objects, self and what these forms reveal or conceal; questioning how much of what we (the viewer) see is actually known or real and how much is assumed.
Bernii completed a Diploma of Ceramics at Holmesglen Institute of TAFE in 2012.
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Daniel Worth guest (vic)
Boats on the Brizzy River Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 70cm, 2012 $650
I create a different view of everyday life; exaggerating lines and perspectives, enhancing colours and adding elements of energy and movement to create a softer, warmer, animated perspective to landscapes, buildings and everyday life. I seek to portray everyday scenes as a traveller would view them; fresh and vibrant as seen for the very first time. My artwork is founded on exploration of the world and of the canvas.
Originally from Brisbane, Daniel moved to Melbourne in 2006 to Study Visual Arts. During this time he supported himself by working as an apprentice bronze sculptor, creating pavement art and painting murals. In 2008, he began travelling and creating artwork throughout Europe and the US. During this time he concentrated on the cities around him, from the circular bays of Spain and Cornwall to the cityscapes at night of London, Rome, Paris and Edinburgh. He has hosted twelve solo exhibitions, received several art awards and exhibited widely in group shows in Australia, China, London and New York. In late 2012 he has returned to Australia to paint the Australian landscape and focus on sculpture.
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Yeok guest (vic)
Strawberry Head Acrylic on canvas, 35 x 35cm, 2012 $860
My works combine human features, botanical parts and animal parts to create surreal but believable forms. The environment and situations that I paint are often of surrealist nature. My aim is to create stories which reflect the different personalities that exist in contemporary society.
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Yeok is a Chinese artist, who has lived and worked in Melbourne since 2002. She creates surreal environments, where her imaginary creatures can live and play. She has received awards from showing her work in a number of local group shows and has also been featured in The Sydney Morning Herald and Fawn Magazine. Yeok graduated from Multimedia & Digital Art, Monash University in 2006.
23rd Key city of port phillip
This piece as one of the first 3D peeling works I created and had box framed; it deals with the anger and frustration we all feel sometimes. I wanted to work the process of cutting and stencils into the finished piece for a change, evoking a greater degree of the emotion I was trying to convey.
Tear Your Face Off 6 layer stencil and 5 layer stencil on paper 70 x 110cm, 2011, $1050
It’s commonly thought that this laneway is in Melbourne, when its actually a laneway in Denmark. It always appealed to me that somewhere so far away could be mistaken for home, when you place objects familiar to our ideas of ‘home’ into the picture.
This City 5 layer stencil on canvas, 90 x 60cm, 2009 $900
Jessica Kease began her foray into stencil art in 2005, first exhibiting her work in 2008, and has spent most of her time toiling over a table ever since. Under the pseudonym 23rd Key, she creates photo-realistic stencils, taking no short cuts and spending up to 6 months on any one piece. With a background in printmaking and audio engineering, she is now in her third year of a graphic design degree, working towards developing her photo-realistic stencil style. She hand carves each doily-like layer, and this attention to detail is fast becoming a trademark of her work, winning her the Australian Stencil Art Prize in 2011. Working with only 9 layers or fewer on any one piece, she doesn’t believe it’s the number of layers, but the amount of detail cut into each individual stencil that produces her unique images. She is one of the few stencil artists to incorporate 3D elements into her works. In her series of peeling works, she cuts into finished stencils to bring them to life behind framed glass.
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IMAGE Tree (detail) Acrylic on canvas, 40.5 x 30.5cm, 2010 by Jodi Wiley
Time and Tide is an exhibition presented by the Toyota Community Spirit Gallery and features the works of 50 emerging artists from the citi...