White on White ( Extended )

jute work in progress

I was invited of be part of a group show called “White on White ( Extended )” as part of the Twenty Year Anniversary of the Fiona Myer Victoria University Art Prize. 

Monochromatic Variations
Monochromatic Variations

I and seven other artists participated. Jodie Flugge, Lin Tobias , Lauren Kennedy, En En Noelani See, Sunygoele , Karryn Argus, and Sophie Shingles. We were all past winners of awards and were grateful for the financial support allowing us to pursue our travel plans. I made a trip to Detroit, Michigan, USA where i studied the post industrial landscape of the former car manufacturing industry. An inspirational journey allowing me to explore an area of my practice and from which I produced an extensive body of work. These works included a vast folio of photographs, watercolours, paintings, drawings and found objects.

stiffened jute
stiffened jute

 

The theme for the Anniversary Show was to produce a piece of work in any style as long as it was predominantly white . In response to the space and history of the area I produced a sculptural installation of corrugated iron, stiffened jute, and pewter, plaster and wax cast reels, all placed on a discarded industrial dolly and embellished with talcum powder. It was a challenge to work in white as i usually work with a brightly coloured visual palette. I wanted to reference the former garment manufacturing history of the area of Cremorne, a former industrial working class suburb of inner Melbourne , home to factories and using migrant labour in the 1950’s.

stiffened and embellished jute dhonan

 

I was grateful for the opportunity afforded me by FIona Myer’s generous support and my time at Victoria University was marked by intuitive teaching, excellent facilities and great opportunities. Peter Burke , Lisa Cianci and Robert Mangion provided inspired instruction. It was a foundation for my return to study and became a support for my subsequent successful application and completion of a Bachelor of Fine Art at Monash University.