Clara Adolphs | Sally Anderson | Justin Cooper
Madeleine Cruise | Robert Malherbe
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I work with anonymous old photographs, recreating the image and restoring the life of the subject.
By capturing isolated details of the past, my work explores the notion of memory, and the fragile, fleeting existence of humanity.
I use a combination of palette knife and brush, with a generous amount of paint. I take much pleasure in surrendering control and allowing the paint to take on a life of it's own. I also enjoy the contrast this creates, between the surface of the painting and that of the photograph.
The anonymity of the characters in my paintings is an attempt to avoid sentimentality. Being disconnected from their identity, allows a focus on the indefinable, yet timeless nature of the human condition.
There are many ways we remember, occupy space and anticipate situations. Sally Anderson’s work blurs dualities: foreground/background, floating/falling, fact/fiction, interior/exterior, remembering/forgetting and thus reinterprets our understandings of familiar spaces, relationships, associations, situations and emotions.
Sally uses an intuitive play with colour, perspective and suggestive architectural motifs within abstracted landscapes. Deliberate metaphoric reference to still-life and landscape, both experienced and anticipated, are suggestive of language and thought, presence and absence.
Sally recently graduated from UNSW Art and Design (COFA) with a degree in Fine Art majoring in Printmaking. In 2013 she was awarded the Nortec Young Artist Award (Tweed River Gallery) and the Earle Backen Award for excellence in Printmaking (COFA). In 2014 she undertook the SIM artist residency in Reykjavik (Iceland) and in 2015 was a finalist for The Brett Whitely Travelling Arts Scholarship.
Cooper studied at the National Art School graduating with a BA (Hons) in 2008 and has recently exhibited at Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery in Glazed and Confused and at Sydney Contemporary.
Justin's approach to ceramics is linked to his interest in sustainability and the impact of consumption on the environment. Working with found and recycled materials Cooper's surfaces suggest glazes but are often the results of surprises borne of firings of found and recycled materials including glass.