Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
“It seems only yesterday I used to believe
there was nothing under my skin but light.
If you cut me, I would shine.
But now when I fall upon the sidewalks of life,
I skin my knees. I bleed.”
Fractured innocence and an abandonment of naïve trust in the familiar world of Brisbane based artist Abigael Whittaker has been the premise of her recent body of work ‘stones, bones and a pocketful of storm clouds.’
“I have had to explore fragility be it emotional, physical and mortal and it has thrust itself violently into my consciousness. It wasn’t a question of whether I wanted to explore this topic, but more that I had no choice but to try and understand this chaos and why it was relevant to me an my familiars.”
Abigael Whittaker’s narrative can be described as a tapestry of memories, imaginings and unadulterated emotions. Her work suggests a personal honesty juxtaposed by figures and scenarios which appear to have fallen from the pages of fairytales and storybooks.
Abigael holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design at the Queensland University of Technology. It is her close relationship with fashion that sees much of her work based upon “a strong illustrative quality combined with elements of collage, painting and textile based details.”
Her previous successful solo exhibition ‘gypsy’ held at 19Karen gallery earlier in the year laid the foundations for which the ‘stones’ work has been built upon. Of this work the artists says:
“Stones has been about taking the tricks from previous shows and adapting them to a new process. This work from a technical perspective has been about developing the textile component with paint rather than using the fabrics themselves. The tone of this show is more foreboding than ‘gypsy’ so I needed a different approach to creating these figures.”
Abigael currently lives and works in Brisbane, Queensland. She is also an Artist in Residence at Jugglers Art Space Inc in the Fortitude Valley.
Amanda Ceccato is a
Tiny Clouds with Little Hands is a body of work dealing with the effect of emotion and instinct on the territory between conscious and subconscious states of being. Here, the mind is capable of abandoning all sense of rationality and reasoning to take on a life of its own, virtually independent of the beholder, in a sort of super-reality. Amanda’s work relates to the places we are taken when caught in these moments, fuelled by perception and sentiment, yet surrendered to the ability of the mind in transporting us beyond what we know and trust. This is Amanda's first solo exhibition.
You said you will but of course you won't
Oil on canvas
Black widow and white wood
Oil on canvas
Something. Everything. Not at all
Oil on canvas
All coloured in
Oil on canvas
Nic's work often discuss a personal meditation on the diagnosis of life and the condition of being a subject of death. His results are powerful with images that seem to hover somewhere between what is imagined and dreamt versus what is real and exists by mixing exceptional drawing skills with a bold use of composition.
Nic has had two lots of Open Heart Surgery and has spent many hours contemplating his mortality and the fine line between beauty (life) and darkness (death). The hospital based works have been a consistent narrative within his work and serve as self therapy and an emotional launching point that keys his painting.
study of the Koi fish for Perseverance III
study of the Koi fish for Perseverance II
Idealistic, not practical; abstruse; free from representational qualities. Subordinating realism to symbolic or stylistic expression of the inner experience.
1997 - 2000 - Bachelor of Visual Arts
1995 - Advanced Certificate in Visual Arts
1994 - Certificate in Visual Art and Design
2008 - Co Director, Brisbane Artist Run Initiatives (BARI) Festival
2000 - 2009 - Practising Visual Artist
2005 - 2009 - Gallery Administrator and Curator, Jugglers Art Space Inc.
2009 - Management Team, Brisbane Artist Run Initiatives (BARI) Festival
Harwood’s artwork showcases his love for themes of consumerism, escapism and anxiety, and his recognition of social awkwardness. It’s in such observations of our culture where Harwood finds his inspiration most. His images depicting uneasy figures and typical social situations don’t place the subject in a specific environment. With titles “Man Self-Conscious Dancing,” “Social Chameleon” and “Drunk Struggling To Focus” Harwood allows the observer to determine the setting based on their own imagination.