Waterways is a new exhibition of works by five artists exploring the theme of waterways, examining life on the lake, the fleeting moments of nature, seaside architecture, travel and separation.
Victoria Cotton’s black and white ink drawings portray a series of moments that caught her attention on many walks with Griffin the dog by Canberra waterways during 2018.
Quickly snapped on the move, she then experimented with the views to evoke a feeling rather than an accurate representation. She has chosen to work with black and white ink to focus on the moving patterns and reflections of the water and incorporate an element of chance in the way the ink moves around the paper.
Walking around the Lake Burley Griffin provides inspiration for Sharon Peoples. Black swans are her focus as she drew and photographed the lake. These are then worked up in lace-like structures to explore ideas about fragility of Canberra’s waterways. Underlays of embroidered maps of Canberra emphasise the location.
Prue Power spends a lot of time walking close to lakes both in Canberra and on the NSW south coast.
Like most people, she finds being close to water is both calming and inspirational. In a busy world, quietness is found in the way water, weather and sound interact. Watching the play of light and wind making ever-changing patterns and reflections from the surrounding trees and rushes is captivating. Seeing the movement of fish close to the surface and the sound of water birds floating and diving is fascinating.
Her paintings capture this feeling of tranquillity. She portrays reflections on moving water and captures the shadowy lushness of lakeside vegetation.
She wishes to acknowledge Michael Winters, who has been her tutor and mentor during 2016 and 2017.
Using materials that evoke the flow of water, Rozalie Sherwood’s work reflects on the waterways that bring life and colour to our neighbourhoods. The attraction of waterways, both natural and man-made, is seen as people gather by our lakes, ponds and wetlands to connect, to be inspired, to recover, to rest.
The new suburbs bring new life to land in existence for thousands of years with its original inhabitants, new families from distant lands, homes for new generations – a human flow that comes and goes. The waterways are our connection, flowing but sometimes controlled and contained; sometimes interrupted to become a flood or a trickle; sometimes flowing where they choose.
Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. (Ezekiel 47.9)
Steve Tomlin grew up on the Isle of Wight in England and his recent work employs the symbols and motifs from his English seaside origins on the island and from the seaside towns of southern England, especially Margate, Eastbourne, Hastings and St Ives.
The recurring symbols of the pier (particularly the burnt and damaged piers of Eastbourne and Hastings), the funfair, postcards, beach huts, fishing boats, and breakwaters, draw a connection to the artist’s past, and enable each work to explore the issue of displacement and dislocation, the feeling of being neither here nor there, that is a recurrent feature of the migrant experience.
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