Runs until Saturday 21 March
Roger Callen is presenting an exhibition of the artwork aptly named “Intersections”. His selection of works takes a closer look at the massive disconnection we find ourselves in with nature, and man’s relentless destruction of it.
In Roger’s words ‘In today’s world, the fundamentals of the given natural world and human cultural practice intersect, interact and feed off one another. Humanity lives a great variety of invented imaginings and forgets its indebtedness to environment, believing technology will save all. This is especially so in ‘western’ city cultures’.
Roger comes from a family of artists and paints mainly landscapes, often beginning or completing works in the plein air style. His work ranges from realist to abstract expressionist and sometimes includes collage elements. He prefers to paint on paper and board in water-based media and has a lifelong interest in landscape.
Opens Friday 27 March at 5.30pm
All welcome to attend - nibbles on arrival - cash bar available
Melissa takes great pride in her indigenous heritage and her love of art. Inspired by the spiritual practise of “Dadirri” and her close connection to the bush. Her thought provoking exhibition opens on Friday 27 March at the Wan’din’in arts space in Eumundi.
Her exhibition is called “ngarra-li ” which translates to look/see/watch explores the intricate life cycles of new growth, to full bloom and the beauty in decay.
Melissa has a particular interest in the overlooked ‘life in the undergrowth’ and the macro and microcosms that surround our feet and has worked across a range of mediums including jewellery, sculpture, print, painting, drawing, ephemeral and environmental arts, and enjoys working with materials that have had a previous life.
Traces left behind, the echoes of past lives, the lost, neglected, forgotten and abandoned are transformed into artworks that tell new stories and convey new meanings as they are elevated into items of beauty and value.
Melissa says “she would like to provoke emotional responses through her work, that triggers deeper reflections on the paths that have brought us to our current place in the world”. Each of these series of artworks are a visual and sensory record of place and time.
Melissa believes that “if we understand the importance of the eco system as a whole and stop to notice the beauty around us, then maybe we can respect the natural world and be active caretakers of it”.
Anne Harris and Dr Tamsin Kerr will be opening the exhibition. Anne is a conceptual artist who works with pigments, textiles, fibre and wood. She is a storyteller who captures the beauty of all life working with natural materials, eploring process, and the stories of connection to place. Tamsin Kerr has a PhD on the role of the wild in the arts and is nationally and internationally awarded for her Nature Writing. She is a director of the Cooroora Institute in Cooroy.
This will be a popular
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Workshop with Melissa Stannard
Friday 3 April 10am to 2pm
ngarra-li to look see watch
Using the spiritual practise of Dadirri we will yanaay (go/walk) around the local Eumundi area near Wan’din’in arts space to observe, document and notice the colours, forms, patterns and textures in nature especially the wubu (fungi) gagarr (moss) and lichen - the micro and macro worlds we tend to overlook.
Upon returning participants will make their own bush brushes/mark making tools from collected foliage and found objects. Using poetic responses to our earlier discoveries create artists books with poetry collage and bush/eco inks and ochres.
$25 per person
Bring your own lunch and water bottle sunscreen insect repellent, weatherproof clothing.
Melissa will provide inks, ochres, paper for artists books and bindings to make bush brushes. There will be fungi and plant books on hand for research and inspiration. For further details or to book email email@example.com