It’s been summer here. I spent this time with my family doing….well very little. And it’s been perfect. A little sewing, plenty of reading and catching up with family and friends. And sleeping, yes so nice to sleep.
No time for painting. Plenty of photos that need sorting. I always upload regularly on instagram and try always to upload many others on my Flickr account.
Here are a few recent works I have available on paper. Please note that selected works have a free shipping code PAPERSHIPFREE
Coming up soon I will be having a small group show at Side Gallery in Brisbane and also be participating in a Summer Series Show at Boom Gallery in Geelong.
With summer holidays approaching, I will be spending some time exploring northern NSW and I’ll be paying particular attention to the Birdlife.
Recently I became aware of a collaborative project about migratory Shoreline Birds, called Overwintering. Artist, Kate Gorringe-Smith has initiated this mapping project and around 150 artists from NZ and Australia are involved, producing prints on their observations of these birds. I’ve been wanting an excuse to get back into some printmaking so this will be the perfect trigger. When I first started painting years ago, birds were often the subject matter of my work and here where I live and work I constantly pay attention to the local avians coming and going.
I’ve been spending my spare time in Pottsville, New South Wales. My home away from home. Here I have been exploring Mooball Creek…. a constant source of inspiration. Recently the creek stopped flowing due to topographical changes at the mouth of the creek. Watching the waters has grabbed my attention and developed my sense of environmental issues within this area…..more to come over the years as I spend more time there.
Unfolding Surfaces; An exploration into memory and impermanence is Tiel Seivl-Keevers’ investigative series into the artist’s memory-based and site specific nostalgia of found objects. Tiel accumulates collections of botanical and fibrous items from natural surroundings and builds layers upon layers of marks and etchings which resonate with the object’s form. Impermanence as a concept mirrors a resonation with nature; seasons and cyclical change. These marks and etchings too have an inherent impermanence as Tiel covers and uncovers, marks and unmarks, folds and unfolds. Tiel sews these concepts together with representative Australian flora symbols collected on her journeys. The resulting works in this series, regardless of medium, always uncovers another memory of a journey on foot through the Australian landscape.
April and May are always busy times for our household, so I haven’t been producing any new works since the last exhibition I was involved in, The Colour Field. Visit at Art Images Gallery based in Adelaide for all the details.
There is a selection of paintings on paper and canvas and all now framed by the Gallery.
All of the paintings for this show have been produced from recent explorations and travels including Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden in Sydney ; Mt Coot-tha here in Brisbane and the River at the base of my studio.
Paper collaged works such as Honey on Spotted Gum and The River’s Edge are a continuation of my investigations into the Japanese concept known as Mottainai. Repurposing and reimagining older artworks then reassembling them like a handmade quilt. Each panel is unique and not only reflects the colours of the natural environment that they have been inspired from, but also signify the importance of capturing memory and time.
I continue also to investigate surface design and patchwork with paper instead of textiles.