Dirty Dozen and Capsule Exhibition: Rivers Run Free
26 February 2020
In our freedom as makers and artists, we find our calling. This gives us the freedom to create as each of us sees fit within our chosen mediums. To collaborate with each other adds to the complexity and also the joy of creating. We move over boundaries to create more space for our creative journeys.
The river, always flowing, encapsulates this sense of movement, freedom and joining with others to create. We go with the flow, or stretch against it to learn something new.
Rivers Run Free is the name of a book about the effect social discord has on communities. As a community of artists, to work together is important; we need to support, advise and plainly talk with each other.
-Roze Elizabeth, on behalf of the exhibiting artists
About the exhibition
For this exhibition, each of the artists has individually selected works indicative of their practice. In addition, several have worked in pairs to share a display case, selecting works that resonate with each other.
All of the exhibitors are artists in residence at River Studios, managed by Creative Spaces.
For enquiries about purchase of works, please use the contact information indicated for each artist.
With a foundation in graphic design, Will has had 20-plus years of professional marketing experience encompassing the fields of specialist print, publishing, photography, music and film. His design studio, Ainger Creative, services a variety of clients in fields including Indigenous health, local council, the arts, retail and universities..
Will’s personal artistic interests include drawing, photography and sculpture. He has participated in exhibitions across Melbourne, country Victoria and Perth. Often carrying a camera, Will seeks to capture interesting objects, places and people that cross his path.
The works on display were photographed in Footscray in 2017 and feature local icons. The photographic prints are on Museo Portfolio Rag. Titles of the works are Fragments of Footscray, The Heart of Footscray and The Footscray Fishmonger.
Simone is a textile designer with a love for Australian native flora. She completed her Diploma of Textile Design and Development at RMIT in 2014 and has been an artist in residence at River Studios, West Melbourne, since 2015.
The wall hangings in this exhibition draw inspiration from a photo taken by the artist of the majestic Eucalyptus trees at Mt Dandenong. The works on exhibition (Colourway 1, 2 and 4) were created in 2019 and measure 62x105cm. They are hand screen-printed on linen and mounted in recycled hardwood frames.
Pauline is an independent glass artist who has worked in various forms of glass for 30 years. She undertook furnace glassblowing at Monash University, trained at the Jam Factory in Adelaide, shared studio facilities with Resolution Glassworks and served as workshop supervisor for the Hot Glass Access Workshop at the Meat Market in North Melbourne. She has also lectured in glass at RMIT University. Her works include a range of Australian collections, as well as at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York and the Kobe Museum in Japan.
In addition to creating unique handmade necklaces and earrings, Pauline offers lampwork bead workshops at beginner and intermediate level.
Roze has been a screen printer for over 40 years. She served an apprenticeship in Industry in New Zealand. Now she specialises in workshops, custom printing, bespoke printing and domestic items.
Why I love the columns of Rome
When in Rome, they say “Ah, Roma, what an amazing city.” The energy of thousands of souls and the architectural fragments of this ancient world. Why I loved Rome – it’s this wonderful vision of history shown in these beautiful buildings. Their curves and lines all reflect the culture and strength of this period of time. That they still stand today is testament to their strength of foundations. The Romans invented concrete.
A floor mosaic caught my attention in an arcade off the Via Del Corso and I took a snap. Since then I have used it in a few ways, including as an influence on the wax stencil which I’ve used in this exhibition. It is represented in a variety of decayed states. I have endeavoured to add my influence of time to the removal of parts of the image.
The prints are on bamboo, and can be hung as they are in this exhibition. Of course, they can also be used as platters if you want them to be. All inks are water-based, and each board is varnished with a water-based varnish three times in order to protect and seal it. Sustainable and anti-bacterial – yes, bamboo is an ideal domestic utensil.
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Biographical stories, places and significant events have shaped and informed Vincenza’s community engaged arts practice and studio-based arts production.
As a farmer’s daughter with dams and creek banks as her playground, to the industrial flatlands of Melbourne’s volcanic plains, the iconography of Vincenza’s work retains the authenticity of the maker’s hand, the gestured mark and truth to material.
And the MURRAY slept
The collage ‘The Post-Arrivalists – A Portrait’ and the lithographs ‘and the MURRAY slept’ speak to the intersection of romantic nostalgia, dreams, displacement and loss.
Coralie trained originally as a ballet dancer at the Australian Ballet School. After her dancing career, she returned to her early creative love of painting and drawing. Graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts (2001), her work has pursued a consistent fascination with the intersections between emotion and the body, often represented in a theatrical frame.
Over the past 20 years, this exploration has taken many forms and moved between various mediums. The majority of her early output explores figurative work in printmaking, predominantly in etching, soft ground and lithography.
Hand built ceramic works in porcelain
More recently, Coralie has moved into the sculptural. She works with ceramics to give shape and dimensionality to the same forms she expressed in her printmaking.
Nancy D Lane (NancyDee Sculptures)
Nancy is a found object assemblage artist. She creates wall sculptures, 3D sculptures and brooches entirely from the metal, wood, tiles and plastic she finds on the streets and beaches of Melbourne and other cities where she has worked and travelled.
Nancy loves the challenge and constraints of creating art using only the materials that others have lost or discarded, as well as using only a limited palette – mostly silver-grey metallic, black, wood grain or rust. She is committed to sustainability in her arts practice, and hopes that her creative use of unloved and unwanted trash will inspire people to live the 5Rs: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.
Down by the Riverside
For this exhibition, Nancy has created works that relate directly to rivers or allude to water in some form. Most of the works depict cityscapes along a river’s edge, though some are suggestive of bays or billabongs.
Bird’s Eye View
Nancy and Lin Tobias (see entry below) have combined a range of recycled materials to create a bird’s eye view of an imaginary city. Lin worked with paper mache and cardboard boxes, while Nancy used metal, wood, tiles, plastic and other street trash.
Web blog: nancydeesculptures.com.au/exhibitions/rivers-run-free
Katie is an emerging visual artist. She grew up in coastal New South Wales and did her visual arts training at universities and schools in Buenos Aires and Barcelona.
Katie loves plants and often draws in the Royal Botanic Gardens of Melbourne. The drawings exhibited are of flowers photographed by the artist last spring in the gardens.
Lin is a graphic designer, artist and printmaker who has specialised for over 30 years in design for the visual/performing arts industry in Melbourne. She completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the visual arts (painting) at Victoria University and the Victorian College of the Arts, respectively.
The four works in the capsule form part of a body of work portraying women in pants from the 1940s. Lin uses large-scale cardboard boxes in lieu of canvases.
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