‘Transparency, Reflection, Illumination’: Andrea McCallum
Andrea McCallum’s exhibition titled, “Transparency, Reflection, Illumination’, celebrates her work as an Art and Textiles teacher at Yarram Secondary College. She also acknowledges the benefit of attending many workshops in the field of textiles. Her exhibition is inspired by her love of natural fibres, especially silk and wool. Felt making and free-motion machine embroidery are her preferred techniques. Her lamps and wall hangings showcase the beautiful qualities of natural wool and other fibres. Andrea also loves utilising silk organza. This fabric offers transparency, and transports the viewer through her photos to create both a shallow and deep sense of space within the artwork. She also uses free-motion machine embroidery to enhance the foreground facades and surrounding details, giving a 3-D illusion to these pieces. Different lighting conditions can often impact on her work.
‘Light as Air and Water’: Leanne Aitken
‘Inspired by the abstract qualities and beauty of the Sea and the Sky, I’ve worked to capture the effects of weightlessness, continuity and a connectedness between the two.’
This exhibition gives me an opportunity to show two groups of paintings. The oils exploring colour and the joy of working with the medium and contrasting tones. The plain air paintings in watercolour and gouache from a trip to the UK. ‘Eilean Donan castle’ is a gouache, visiting Scotland near the Isle of Skye on 26th June 2017 – such a fun day.