f l o r a — Solo Exhibition for SALA 2016

Date: 29th July 2016 – 31st August 2016

Venue: Folklore Cafe, Port Adelaide

As part of SALA Festival 2016, I had an exhibition at Folklore Cafe in Port Adelaide. For this year, I wanted to keep things local, and I was so happy to exhibit in Port Adelaide because I am really interested in the area and I think it has so much potential. Folklore Cafe is an absolutely stunning space, and I cannot thank them enough for letting me exhibit there. A big thank you to the local Port Adelaide events florist Poppy & The Wallflowers for supplying me with some beautiful flowers for my opening night. The opening was so much fun, with over 60 people coming through and plenty of wine to enjoy! Everyone was so impressed with the venue, and I hope this results in more people doing brekky/coffee at this stunning space and in the historic Port Adelaide area. For me, this exhibition has redirected me to some new projects (and commissions  — yay!) and has made me start to see myself more seriously as an artist. I’m very excited for what the future holds.

 

// ARTIST STATEMENT //

f l o r a is a collection of floral designs inspired by native Australian plant life. It is a curiosity-driven experimentation of surface design and is the end result of long, blissful afternoons of painted petals and the dusty smell of sewing machines.

Drawing inspiration from local florists, neighborhood trees and the work of May Gibbs (the Snugglepot & Cuddlepie series, in particular), I have hoped to create a sense of lightness and breeziness in these works. I have focused on the muted colour palette of Australian florals, and I hope to make people feel happy and carefree when they look at these pieces (and perhaps a little hay fever-ish).

For me, this has been a study of how art can be transferred onto a surface, and my aim was to create designs that would look effective both on canvas and printed on fabric. It has been a learning experience and a step in a new direction for me as an artist. As usual, my pieces don’t mean much at all. I only aim to reflect how I feel when I am at my art desk, which I guess can only be summed up as ‘happy.’

None of this would have been possible without the help and guidance of my sewing-guru Mum, Deanna. My favourite thing about working on this exhibition has been spending more time with her and (hopefully) rekindling her own love for sewing.

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