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!

 

In the garden…lilly pilly’s, cordylines, violets and grevilleas

Been busy with the HSC exam ‘taxi-run’ for my son and visiting my mother-in-law who is in a nursing home and been very unwell. I have done a little artwork in between but not a great deal but will hopefully show that later in the week. Sometimes it is hard to find the ‘headspace’ needed to work in amongst the ‘busyness’ – caring for others especially for frail elderly – even, or at times particularly, those in care, as nursing homes can often adopt a very beaurocratic formula that leaves little opportunity for individuals – this can require considerable skill to navigate!! It is rewarding interacting with our often forgotten ‘wise ones’ (and yes even those with dementia can still give us marvellous insights into the past and in how interesting the human mind can be) but it often leaves very little time for other things.

In the meantime here are some of the things currently flowering in my garden.

…a rainforest lilly pilly and cordyline flowers…

…some native violets that carpet many of my garden areas…

…a powderpuff lilly pilly and scarlet sprite groundcover grevillea…

In my garden today…birdwings and grevilleas..

Birdwing Butterfly Vine Flower

Birdwing Butterfly Vine Flower

This is the flower of the Birdwing butterfly rainforest vine – Aristolochia praevenosa.

It is currently flowering in my garden – as warmer weather looks like it is now approaching I will keep an eye out for the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly.

My Grevillea barklyana is also flowering – I completed a linocut in the past of this wildflower. It has soft pinkc conmb-like flowers with interesting ribbed leaves with a pink tinge on the end. This particular form if the Jervis Bay Form from the South Coast of NSW.

Grevillea barklyana - Linocut

Grevillea barklyana - Linocut