On Paper: A group exhibition

A celebration of works on paper featuring Dianne Fogwell (Aus), Catherine Macdonald, Kathryn Madill, Kyla Cresswell and Prue Mac Dougall.

Opening reception with the artists Friday 28 April 5.30 - 7.00pm

Exhibition runs 26 April  - 27 May

 

Dianne Fogwell

Dianne Fogwell’s practice is centred on printmaking, painting and artist’s books. In a career spanning thirty years, Dianne has exhibited frequently across Australia, and internationally. “My images are contemplations of the natural world, with concentration on the native trees in the local environment around my North Canberra Studio, a personal exploration with a global echo.  I try to find peace with the continuing environmental changes imposed by urban development endeavouring to capture the understanding ‘that all things pass’ in both nature and ourselves.”

 

Kyla Cresswell

The gloaming: twilight or dusk. These mutli-coloured works on silk evoke childhood memories of the long, light evenings of summer in southern New Zealand. This body of work is produced using natural plant dyes, extracted in contact with the silk under heat and pressure. The resulting colours are products of the season, changing as the sap rises or falls. The organic natural silk absorbs this colour, transferring an essence of the land.

Alongside these works sit moody landscapes, scratched and scraped from copper, reflecting traces left on the land, history and memory.

 

Kathryn Madill

Dunedin based artist Kathryn Madill creates imaginative, haunting and lyrical prints that focus on lonely fragments of literature, mythology and fairytale. Kathryn draws the viewer into the picture through the intimacy of the work and her sensitivity to mood and detail.

“I have found that making art is like learning another language. The vocabulary I have spent years accumulating is one of images. Within my work figures move through both rooms and landscapes in search of a sense of place."

 

Catherine Macdonald

“We humans are creatures of habit and as you know, we all have good habits and bad. As I get older I’ve started to see some of the longer term repetitions in life happen, I’ve seen those I care about travel down paths that they have gone down before.  I’ve also had moments of self-realisation that I’m repeating actions as well, some positive some not so.

There is a Maori proverb - Ka Mua, Ka Muri – which translates as - Walking backwards into the future. I think it is a beautiful reminder that we can look to our past as a way to learn about our future.”

 

Prue Mac Dougall

Prue Mac Dougall’s suite of works reflect her continuing theme of self-portraits presented as nostalgic cameos adorned with flowers and beset by the miniature harpies and acrobats that have become synonymous with her recent oeuvre.  In these latest works, the self-portrait images appear to be semi-disguised in botanical masquerade. Underpinning these works is her interest in the cross-cultural symbolism of flowers that implies qualities of purity, transience or fragility.

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Title: Blue Hand
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Title: The Calling
Artists in Exhibition: 
Dianne Fogwell (Aus), Catherine Macdonald, Kathryn Madill, Kyla Cresswell and Prue Mac Dougall
Date of Exhibition: 
26 April – 27 May
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