Look Both Ways

13/02/2009 18:30
09/03/2009 16:00

 Final Days - Exhibition closes Sunday

Look Both WaysLook Both WaysLook Both Ways is a collaborative journey of a group of students from Edith Cowan University each searching for ways to convey their unique take on the world and leave a small impression.  Having lived through the trials and tribulations of what can be a challenging, interesting & self-reflective course of study, these six visual arts graduates have managed to uplift & inspire one another continually. Their well received graduate exhibition, Loose Surface, which featured at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries in early 2008 became a celebration of that bond and an expression of their individual voyage towards artistic accomplishment. This second group exhibition reveals the fruits of their labour since graduating, and showcases each artists’ developing talents.  

Towards this creative end, each of them has found that sometimes it helps to stop, and look both ways…

Featured artists:  Merry Fox, Pam Harrison-Boyd, Jane Leah, Deanna Mosca, Charlotte Otranto and Jane Watkins.

Artists Statements:

Merry Fox 

Eyes are to see with and mouths are to speak with. 

Or are they? 

Are eyes for us to gaze out of, or are they for others to gaze into? 

Do we speak the truth and do others listen?

Pam Harrison-Boyd 

Having fulfilled a lifetime ambition to travel the world my work echoes my impressions of many cities, cultures, customs, civilizations, ethnicity and architectural styles.   

Does culture emanate architecture, or does architecture emanate culture?  

Soaring towards his gods, man has built pyramids, pinnacles, spires, minarets, turrets, towers, steeples and skyscrapers in his quest for immortality.  

Each civilization has its own architecture and each city has its own personality, shaped mainly by its architectural styles and its great and important state buildings. The smaller buildings, oozing humanity make up the fascinating threads of life in many cities, each with its own style. Apartments, courtyards, fountains, streetlights and all the accoutrements of 20th century life, interspersed with architectural wonders, make a brilliant patchwork of each society. The wondrous sights I saw enabled me to look at things from many perspectives and to “look both ways” at architecture and culture!

Jane Leah 

Kit-homes are popping up like mushrooms in my South West town which was once a wetland. 

Using techniques such as watercolour and solvent transfer and also oil on photographic paper I have tried to capture something between the actual scene and what is in my head.

Deanna Mosca

What has become of us?  

Images of the familiar, yet strange; It’s often the small things in our lives that are dismissed. Fractions of memories, seconds of our lives are often forgotten and realized. Our pasts shape our future and designs which path we will take. It is important to look back and recognise the trail we leave behind… who will take the next step?

Charlotte Otranto

I am forever exploring my sense of identity, and through this, what & who has shaped who I am. Through this fascination, I find myself looking into my family’s past. 

With a strong family history embedded within the Fremantle area, I am constantly drawn to images of ships and Norfolk pines. These strong metaphors were seen during the everyday of past family members, whilst, even now, are still seen during my daily journeys in Bunbury. 

With elements of both past and present, my work combines old and new, using materials of the now, then & found. There are layers of different concepts, different mediums, and different textures that give the work body and make it appeal to the senses. 

I work in a number of ways which include drawing, painting, etching, sewing, collage, and through these different mediums I find myself using a number of unusual items including; wax, buttons, thread, resin pen, paper, acrylic, canvas and vintage wallpaper. 

My work aims to invoke the senses including sight, sound, touch and smell. I aspire to connect with the viewer, ignite fond memories and perhaps they will take something away with them.  

Jane Watkins 

My work is a reflection of the beauty and integrity to be found in the discarded detritus of society. 

It is an attempt to look at things more positively and to demonstrate the usefulness and value in debris that is seemingly worthless. I aim to give these materials value and to question of their place as discarded objects, no longer needed or wanted.  

Each piece involves gathering and collecting, sometimes breaking down, sorting, exploration and finally piecing together. 

I choose to work with materials that inspire me and question my understanding of their possibilities, allowing them to guide my creative process. 

Exhibition opens Friday 13 Feb at 6.30pm and continues daily 10 am - 4 pm (closed on Wednesdays).