This has been a long time in the making, but we are so excited to let you all know that we will be having an exhibition at T’Arts Textile and Arts Collective Gallery in Gay’s Arcade, just off Adelaide Arcade from February 27 to March 25.
We have known each other for many years, and we have each admired the progress of each other’s artforms, and how they have evolved over time, but this is the first time we have exhibited together.
We quickly agreed on “Layers” as our theme and have used similar colours in completely different ways to provide a congruency between the disparate artforms.
We hope our approaches to this theme will draw you in to take a closer look.
Based in Murray Bridge, SA, Julie creates timeless jewellery from recycled and discarded glass, such as gin and wine bottles.
In 2009, Julie came across some Green Depression Glass, which was produced in an effort to stimulate the US economy during the great depression.
At the time, the Australian government was attempting to stimulate our own economy due to the Global Financial Crisis, so she decided to make her first beads from the Green Depression Glass, and quickly progressed to other recycled glass.
“People resonated with the theme, so I kept going.”
They are perfect for people who like to wear something a little different, while helping to save the environment at the same time!
Kat is a contemporary abstract artist based in Bellevue Heights, SA.
Born in Canada to American parents, she was mostly raised in South Australia, with some formative years spent in Hawaii with her extended family.
Using her visual language to process the world around her, she layers paint and gestural marks to create expressive mixed media abstract paintings rich with drama and metaphor.
“My art practice is an active journey of self discovery, introspection, and sometimes, catharsis.”
Kat uses action and movement to apply vibrant colour, injecting energy into the first layer. Gestural mark-making is next applied using a variety of media, followed by refining using value and colour.
Throughout the painting process, she scratches and removes paint using various hardware tools.
The combination of expressive gestural marks, layers of paint, and scratching imparts a visceral energy, tactile texture, and depth that she particularly enjoys.
For this exhibition, Kat and Julie have explored the concept of layers.
Using similar colours, they have used the processes in their respective artforms to convey the layers in completely different ways. Though the process of making these works is so disparate, the layers within each artform draws you in to look closer.