Editorial in Australian Women’s Art Register Bulletin – Mattara Festival Art Trail 2011

The latest edition of Australian Women’s Art Register’s Bulletin was sent out last week & I have been featured in one of the editorials!

In October 2011 I was selected as one of the 10 artists in the Mattara Festival’s Inaugural Outdoor Art Exhibition & my work “Look up in the Sky Tonight”, was draped over Newcastle Panthers.  My painting was reproduced by Insane Signs on a canvas that was 4.8metres high by 8metres wide!

The 10 buildings selected throughout Newcastle formed an artist trail, guiding you through the city, as Newcastle becomes an outdoor art gallery

The artworks in artist trail were selected as they embody the lifestyle, spirit and community of Newcastle & paid homage to local artists and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mattara.

The art trail ran from 1 – 9 October 2011

Explanation of my Artwork & How it sits within Mattara’s theme: My slightly surreal artwork loosely explores the relationships that we have with each other, where we belong and what we do. This is represented by mystical characters floating and coming together. They are surrounded by a built environment. The result is a painting that is both intriguing and otherworldly. My artwork is abstract enough to allow the viewer to perceive these are urban beings that are connecting. These beings also take on the form of large hands that are reaching out to each other, which links to Mattara, meaning hand.  Also like Mattara, these denote the hand of friendship.  There is a sense of convivia and automation in the painting which can relate to both the warm and welcoming community and industry found in Newcastle. The artwork leaves you with the feeling that the built environment surrounding the beings has come to life with them.

The Australian Women’s Art Register was established by artists in 1975 to record and promote the work of Australian based women artists. The Register now holds a collection of national significance with images dating back to 1840. Our documentation of the cultural heritage of Australian women artists and women’s art practices is being used world wide by public organisations, universities, teachers, students, curators, artists and the general public.

I am in the current Bulletin of Womens Art Register for my painting selected for the Mattara Festival

This is me standing in front of my painting after it was installed on Newcastle Panthers for the Mattara Festival

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