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Art just for fun in Supported Residences

Art just for fun in Supported Residences

Virginia is a carer and provider of recreational services in various supported residences in Melbourne.  

She helps to discover and nurture art for people who need support in their everyday life, for example, people who are frail or have a disability.

 Below are some images from recent workshops she has had with them.  You can see the joy in the placement, textures and colours the artists have selected.

Well done Virginia – I bet they count the hours until they see you again.

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The eye is the window into the soul, but it also is how we look out at the world.

The eye is the window into the soul, but it also is how we look out at the world.

 

The eye is the window into the soul, but it also is how we look out at the world. So I decided to use the eye to represent some of the ways women do this: the extroverted, the introverted, beginning a somewhat scarey opportunity, and contemplating the opposite sex. They were shown in the recent Womens Business exhibition.

Two different techniques have been used in these pieces. They are all 4-layer fused glass panels(200 x 150 mm), but the eye and eyelid are created with application upon application of glass powders on 3 of the glass sheets, giving a softer, more dimensional effect than the figures, which are painted on one of the layers with onglaze.

Outward” was inspired by the eye of a lively young female Parks Victoria ranger.
Inward was inspired by a magazine article and a photo of a woman who had experienced multiple family tragedies.
Onward was inspired by the eye of a woman who came to Melbourne from Asia as a teenager.
Other, somewhat the odd bod in the series and actually the first, was inspired by the eye of a very good-looking tour guide of Irish-Aboriginal ancestry in the Kimberley.
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Congratulations Evelyn for your honest interview about the love and energy that you apply to every part of your art practice in the forthcoming April issue of Art Trends.

Congratulations Evelyn for your honest interview about the love and energy that you apply to every part of your art practice in the forthcoming April issue of Art Trends.

I have included Evelyns full interview and a picture of one of the works (chastity belt) that Evelyn has spoken about.

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Interviewer:  Vicky Stojanovska for article ‘Australian artists and their art practices

Magazine:  Art Trends April Issue
Artist: Evelyn Young

What inspired you to get involved in the art world?

From a very early age I’ve always enjoyed the process of mark making. Whether it was with mud, pencil, collage, paint or homemade squashed flower petal inks. As I grew older I found the excitement of creating a new piece of artwork remained with me. It became a heavenly obsession.

How do I handle positive and negative criticism?

I tend to be a very harsh critic of my own work, therefore if the works have met my demanding standards, I tend not to give a lot of weight to negative criticism from others. There is however, a core group of fellow artists whose opinion I do value, and they can at times add valuable insight into the piece I’m working on, often challenging me on my ideas and methods.

What makes my art mine “unique”

I value originality above all other considerations when creating my art. With so many other artists having gone before me, I try to bring my own interpretation to my work, aiming for simplification and expressive works that have a narrative that the viewer can relate to. Working with the mixed mediums of glass, wood, ceramics and wrought iron tends to set my sculpture apart from others because of the technical skills needed to create these works.

Which pieces standout the most to me to date?

There are three sculptures that I think are my standout pieces to date.   My chastity belt mounted on a giant key wedged into a blue stone rock, was one of my most challenging and rewarding sculptures.  I had to undertake a smithing course at a forge to complete the work. My giant abacus made from hard wood, ceramic balls and wrought iron was an example of perseverance and vision, having taken a year to complete with many technical challenges involved in its construction. The porcelain sculpture titled “choices” was one of my more evocative works, as I examined the roles women embrace, or have had forced upon them to survive in a patriarchal society. I would like to think all three sculptures engage the viewer and start a conversation about the work. It certainly started a conversation at the forge amongst the men folk.

What’s in store for 2014

As I have undertaken to have no exhibition commitments this year, I plan to play and explore all the possibilities presented to me when working with steel and wire. Drawing inspiration from the works of Calder and Kipplel I want to explore the different shadow play created when light and mobility are added to the mix. The journey to me is often as enjoyable as the finished work.

Here are some oil paintings by Beryl White from the Primavera exhibition – hope you enjoy seeing them. My words are spare – my excuse is the weather which is day two of 40+ degree celcius. Hot Hot Hot

Here are some oil paintings by Beryl White from the Primavera exhibition – hope you enjoy seeing them.  My words are spare – my excuse is the weather which is day two of 40+ degree celcius.  Hot Hot Hot

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Glass Art by Eileen Gruen from Connections exhibition.

Glass Art by Eileen Gruen from Connections exhibition.

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Conversation and Still Talking are two works by Eileen Gruen from the ‘Connections’ exhibition.

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Who is looking at you is a new portrait prize competition and exhibition at Cambridge Studio Gallery in Melbourne.

Who is looking at you is a new portrait prize competition and exhibition at Cambridge Studio Gallery in Melbourne.

 

 

 

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Cambridge Studio Gallery 201
4 Portrait Prize
Wednesday 12 Feb – Saturday 1 March

 

Artists are invited to submit works in the 2014 CSG WHO is LOOKING at YOU? Portrait Prize.

 

WHO is LOOKING at YOU? is for works depicting the human face as its subject matter.

 

All mediums accepted and unique approaches encouraged.

 

Judges and prizes

 

John Howley

 

Born in 1931, John Howley has pursued his passion ever since completing his studies at the National Gallery School of Art in Melbourne under Murray Griffin.  He has an extensive CV which reflects a continuous and distinguished exhibition history including many local and international. His art work can be found in the National Gallery and Heide Museum of Modern Art.

 

To read further about John Howley see his bibliography on www.johnhowley.com

 

1st prize: A solo exhibition held within the following 12 month period at Cambridge Studio Gallery.

 

PLUS

 

A people’s choice award: A place in Cambridge Studio Gallery’s 2014 end of year group exhibition and Christmas celebration.

 

To be considered for selection, entrants must comply with all entry instructions and conditions.

 

Key Dates

 

  • Date of work must be completed in the preceding two years.
  • Must be a resident of Australia
  • Entry forms available online or from CSG from October 2013
  • Entries close January 31, 2014, artists of selected works notified by February 5 ,2014
  • Delivery of selected works February 9, 2014
  • Winner announced at opening drinks on February 15
  • People’s choice announced at end of exhibition Feb March 1, 2014
  • Collection of selected works on Saturday March 1, 2014

 

How to enter

 

  • Complete the official WHO is LOOKING at YOU? Entry Form
  • Include $30 (including GST) handling fee is to be paid for each work entered. Artists may enter more than one work.
  • Works must be no larger in size than 50 square cm (eg 50x50x50 cm).
  • Include a JPEG of the work no larger than 2MB
  • All artists must provide a CV

 

See entry form on Cambridge Studio Gallery website http://www.cambridgestudiogallery.com.au/

You can also see pics of the gorgeous gallery.

 

Mixed Media works by Anne Warren from two exhibitions in 2009 and 2011.

Mixed Media works by Anne Warren from two exhibitions in 2009 and 2011.

The work evolves from a simple idea that eventually becomes an assemblage of different media.

Twiggy Pharoh Matrix has an ink surface, drawings, collage  from at least 8 different sources and papercut.

For me the ideal would be for all these disparate sources to come together to make the one new image.

Inversion was from  the exhibition of 2009 ‘Life, Love, Laughter’.

Twiggy Pharoh Matrix was from the 2011 exhibition ‘Primavera’.

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