Continuing on last years landscape work 'Watercourse' an abstract painting of the Australian desert will be shown at Aspire Gallery from 11-21 April. With an aerial perspective to highlight the patterns found in nature, it's a little bit of a preview for the work I'll be showing at the gallery in June as part of the Regeneration exhibition.
More good arty news arrived this week. My photographic weaving 'Morton Bay Morning' has been selected as a finalist in this years Morton Bay Art Awards. The photograph has been woven with fine strips of blue paper in various shades to compliment the image. The zig zag weave highlights the pattern found in water ripples and adds a lovely feeling of depth and movement.
The exhibition runs from 19 - 27 May, Strathpine
Very excited to announce that I am a finalist in the Milburn Art Prize for 2018 with my painting 'Woven Basket II'
I am particularly excited to be showing work from my new 'Interlaced' series. My family has been weaving for generations so it must be somewhere in my genes - if I'm not weaving paper and photography I'm painting or drawing the woven patterns. Looking forward to sharing more of these works over the coming months as well as a limited edition print release, but for now you can find this piece at the exhibition held in Brisbane from 27th April - 11th May at the Brisbane Institute of Art.
This month sees the SNAP photography exhibition at Brisbane's Aspire Gallery come round again for another year. I really like to make a point of taking part in this one as I feel it's so important to accept and celebrate photography as the art form it is; unfortunately there are too many art sites and competitions that don't allow photography in as though it is somehow less worthy.
This year I wanted to show a different way of using photography. Rather than the photo being the finished piece itself, it is the focal point and an important part of the art making process. Several images were mixed together to create an abstract background which then formed the basis for each of the artworks above. Both include the same selection of photographs - a piece of patterned fabric, paper scraps, a string of lights and the studio desk covered in paint. Together they combine with some images of green watercolour washes to make the texture which has been collaged and painted over. The vase and the hanging basket made from woven recycled paper, and yes, the succulents are lots and lots of punched paper circles.
SNAP18 runs from the 14th - 24th March at Aspire Gallery, 53 Kennedy Tce, Paddington.
Very excited to announce that I am a finalist in the Art Lovers Australia Prize for 2018! Part of the prize is a public vote with a chance to win $1000 art voucher for yourself, just subscribe to the Artlovers newsletter and vote for your favourite artwork by clicking the little love heart next to the picture - and of course I hope you'll vote for my woven paper monstera so here's the link!
It also means I'll be taking part in the finalists exhibition on the Gold Coast during the Commonwealth Games 1st - 30th April at Left Bank Gallery.
Bit of a nice surprise this month to find my instagram account featured in the UKs Evening Standard illustrating an article on 2018 design trends and patterned plants. As it happens the work I'm planning for my solo show later in the year all revolves around the beautiful patterns found in leaves so looks like the show will be on trend!
Excited to share the finished images of these two new landscapes I've been working on this month. The Lookout I and The Lookout II. Digital collages from security envelope lining, photography and watercolour washes, with cut paper on board. 25x25cm
This year I've set myself the challenge of going more three dimensional with my work, particularly with the landscapes. It was also nice to try and work with a different colour palette for a landscape with the pinks and greens.
They will be on show at Aspire Gallery next month 1 - 15 February as part of Petite Pieces 2017.
53 Kennedy Terrace Paddington
This month I'll be taking part in another group art exhibition, Elemental Brisbane at the Reverse Emporium in Woolloongabba.
The exhibition celebrates the works artists create using elements from the waste stream, PAPER, METAL, WOOD AND FIBER as the raw materials for their art. I have several pieces including some new collage landscapes made using elements such as wallpaper offcuts, recycled marketing material and of course, my favourite security envelope lining.
If you follow any of my social media accounts like Facebook and Instagram, you've probably noticed a lot of blue and white lately. Last month I was busy getting ready for a group exhibition at the Aspire Gallery in Brisbane's Paddington. The theme was 'comforts of home' and I took it as an opportunity to resurrect some old ways of working as wall as learning some new skills.
Having spent a significant portion of my life traveling I was interested in exploring what images might represent home when I've had so many different ones. I decided to narrow it down the most recent few cities, adopting a very homely subject of chintz fabric, patchwork and china plates.
Using different floral and bird motifs I created individual artworks to represent a home city and country. The passion fruit to me is Brisbane, Sydney the frangipani, London a rose and Wellington a Kawhai. The birds are a Rainbow Lorikeet for Australia, Wren for England and Tui for New Zealand.
Using antique illustrations as a starting point I recreated the flowers and birds from security envelope lining, then grouped them together to form a chintz 'fabric' pattern. It was my first attempt at making a repeatable pattern and is definitely something I'd like to try again.
I printed the pattern in large format then cut it into piece along with more security envelope lining to create a large paper patchwork. I then went back to the individual floral images and created blue and white china plate designs. It was nice to go back to working with porcelain again, something I used to use a lot in my NZ gallery. This time rather than hand painting I was able to transfer my designs directly from the printer onto the plates. There are also limited edition prints of these pieces on lovely glossy paper.
You can see the real things at the Aspire Gallery until 20th August at 53 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington. Limited edition prints are available on the website.
Jennifer is a multidisciplinary Australian artist based in Brisbane, Queensland. Her unique work combines traditional art and textile techniques from around the world, such as weaving, with her formal training in fine art photography and digital imaging.