I'm so excited for June to have on show all together for the first time works from my new variegated series, plus, also for the first time I'll be taking part in the Samford and Surrounds Arts Trail and Open Studios!
From the 24th May-24th June you can find my work in the beautiful old Butter Factory building in Dayboro, just a short drive out of Brisbane, at the Mezzanine Gallery. On show is 'Natural Selection' a group exhibition. It really is a very unique space just above Entangle Living Art, the perfect spot to celebrate plants in art.
DEMO DAY: On Saturday 16th June from 10am I'll be at the gallery working on some new painted paper weavings. So pop by and say hello.
The gallery is open Wed-Sun 10-4pm at 38 Williams St, Dayboro.
This week is the start of BLACK & WHITE a group exhibition at Aspire Gallery where you can find my new work 'The Teahouse Ceiling' a large abstract painting part of my interlaced series.
Aspire Gallery is at 53 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington QLD open WED-SAT
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.
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.