Connected Cultures and Contrasts Saturday 1 March, 4-6pm
26 February to 16 March
Nikki D’Emden, Max Darby, Helen McCormack, Clodagh Holahan
An Exhibition of Painting, Mixed Media, Textiles and Photography
The art of this group is disparate, but connected by a common theme, the use of colour and pattern in a range cultures and environments. The works show different approaches to depicting pattern, layers, textures, colour, shapes and surfaces and intricacies of surface. Each artist has been inspired by their use of materials, other cultures and their own environment.
Nikki D’Emden – Painting and mixed media
Nikki comments on climatic effects, seasonal change and the fragility of nature. She uses oil paint over gold and silver leaf painting delicate and intricate observations of her immediate environment. Her mixed media works combine oils paint and glazes, gold leaf, intaglio prints and found objects and materials.
Max Darby - Painting and photography
Max’s series of paintings and photographs expressively interpret The Grampians (Gariwerd) to show dramatically contrasting elements of natural character. The works show the countryside as affected by the devastating bushfires of 2009 and the relative calm of the mountain range in heavy fog.
Helen McCormack - Textiles
Helen works with different fabrics and her own photographs to create small and exquisite textile pieces. Her process includes painting, beading and stitching, using both machine and hand embroidery to embellish her works. Her inspiration comes from travel and her immediate environment.
Clodagh Holahan – Painting, works on paper, mixed media and sculpture
Clodagh’s work reflects her fascination with nature and urban patterns. She does this through observation, abstraction and photography. Apart from acrylics she uses gouache, watercolour pencils, inks and other media.
Her work is connected through a decorative response to different environments.