Imaginings: an exhibition of Printmaking by 65 artists curated by Rona Green

Earlier in the year I was invited by Rona Green to participate in this exhibition. You may have followed the progress of my linocut on Instagram and here.

Opening celebration 2pm-4pm Saturday 2 December 2017 at Neospace, 7 Campbell Street, Collingwood VIC 3066. All welcome – free entry. Exhibition runs until 5pm Tuesday 19 December 2017. Gallery open 10am-5pm Monday – Friday.

Neospace
7 Campbell St, Collingwood

The work I made for this exhibition is a Limited Edition Handpainted Linocut – ‘Enkindled’.

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‘Enkindled’

Handpainted Linocut

23.5 x 12 cm

It is a design which is emblematic of a new direction I have been exploring in recent years. It showcases my transition towards designs based on the concepts of ornamentation, beauty, patterns and embellishments. Enkindled is designed around the Grevillea rhyolitica, or Deua Flame, a grevillea endemic to South-Eastern NSW. The Deua Grevillea, with its delicate, falling red flowers, has long been a favourite of mine to photograph, especially when visiting the Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens near Batemans Bay. In this work I have played with positive and negative spaces, imagining ways to play on the plants original patterns and shapes.

It is also is in remembrance of my dear godmother who passed away earlier this year. She encouraged me with my artwork and was always up for a chat and discussion about what I was doing and giving her ideas and opinions on my work. I would send her emails or messages with my ideas and we would have a good natter. I miss that. She lived near Batemans Bay and every time I went down there she encouraged me to visit the Eurobodalla Botanic Regional Gardens for inspiration. So this work reflects where my thoughts have been this year as well. Memories and loss.

 

Imaginings: an exhibition of Printmaking by 65 artists – curated by Rona Green

Neospace
7 Campbell St, Collingwood
It is open from 1 – 19 December.
Artists: Emma ‘Ruby’ Armstrong-Porter, Janet Ayliffe, Susan Baran, Kylie Blackley, Helen Blue, Loris Button, Elaine Camlin, Laura Castell, Jenny Clapson, Elizabeth Cole, Paul Compton, Rachel Derum, Sue Ernst, Ian ‘Spike’ Farrawell, Philip Faulks, Kevin Foley, Sue Fraser, Rona Green, Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Gregory Harrison, Carolyn Hawkins, Bill Hay, Kate Hudson, Kyoko Imazu, Jet James, Deborah Klein, Jo Lankester, Suzie Lockery, Cassie May, John McClumpha, Aaron McLoughlin, Lorelei Medcalf, Glenn Morgan, Karen Neal, Belinda ‘Billy’ Nye, Sharron Okines, Diana Orinda Burns, Glenda Orr, Travis Paterson, Jim Pavlidis, Sue Poggioli, Jocelyn Rawlins, Bronwyn Rees, Trudy Rice, David Rosengrave, John Ryrie, Jill Sampson, Gwen Scott, Benjamin Sexton, Heather Shimmen, Glen Smith, Sandra Starkey Simon, Mrs Stamp, Maggie Stein, Rachel Suarez, Sophia Szilagyi, Scott Trevelyan, Lee Ward, Peter Ward, Justin Watson, Andrew Weatherill, Lynette Weir, Joel Wolter and Christine Wrest Smith.

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Carvings – Grevillea Imagining

A series of photographs from Instagram of the progression of carving the Grevillea imaginings lincout. It is quite a fine design with small parts so is by it’s nature slow & fiddly. I have however been struggling with chronic pain issues & life interfering with art!

It is progressing though & I am now in the final stages of cleaning up all those tine little edges. I am also on a deadline for this work so I need to get moving to printing & painting.

Handy Hint: One thing I have recently discovered, why I did not know nor think about it earlier I don’t know! I have put a small piece of non slip mat under the lino block whilst carving. Previously I have always butted one edge up against the carving board but often find I use my left hand/arm as an alternative for carving round different angles when this does not work. The non stick mat has made this much easier & taken a strain off my arm & shoulder which has made tings a lot easier!

 

Getting back on track

It has been a long while since I posted on this studio diary. This is for many reasons including the ease at which Instagram & Twitter allow you to make quick updates & post images. So if you follow on Instagram or Twitter then you will see I am still working – drawing, designing, photographing & looking for inspiration every day.

I have also been working on small drawings & design works which I have been working up into larger works. I have not been able to carve in recent months due to ongoing issues post wisdom teeth surgery which I am still struggling with including issues with my vision. I have just got some new glasses which will help with that issue – I hope! Ongoing pain & nerve issues may take a bit or lot longer.

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I have had to work in shorter bursts & in smaller & different ways

So lots of ideas, small sketchbooks, small drawings, designs, using my computer to develop larger works. This has meant a new way of thinking & working which I am quite enjoying.

I have also still been caring for family fairly closely for the past 2 years including extended periods of time away from home recently. It means I need to be fairly mobile with my artwork!

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I have plans (and a venue with lots of support) for an exhibition in September 2017 & so I am now working towards a range of work to exhibit & expand my work.

I will be away again for a few weeks but have plenty of work & ideas to take with me!

Before I go I have been attempting a little carving which I haven’t been able to do for nearly 12 months & I realise how much I love this process & carving.

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This piece is one of a set of 6 designs which are large & complex to carve in lino but I am looking forward to the challenge. Still have to figure out a plan to print them – need a much larger press than my little book press. Guess I’ll cross that issue when I get to it!

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