Geelong-based artists Amy Wright, Liz Wickramasinghe and Emma Itzstein have come together for a group exhibition exploring same subject matter, from three perspectives. While the artists are all heavily inspired by the landscape, each has a unique approach to processing what they see, and how it’s portrayed in their work. ‘Living in the same region and each having different styles lends itself beautifully to a group show,’ they say. And we tend to agree!
Gardens of Mind and Myth encapsulates the artist’s broad approach to interpreting and painting the natural world – with the common thread of memory and the imagined. Amy and Emma’s work particularly focuses on the Gardens of Babylon and Villa Melzi respectively, taking a more literal approach to ancient mythology and legend.
While each artist has their own distinct style, the overlap in their approach makes for a cohesive group show. ‘Something we all share is a departure from “reality”’, they explain. ‘None of us create work with the aim to represent nature in its objective state – our pieces are subjective interpretations that aim to evoke memories, feelings, connections and emotions’. Their three styles range from bright, joyful expressionism to a more restrained, linear interpretation. Amy’s abstract work features rich, thick layers of paint, Liz’s work is flat, neat and graphic-like, while Emma’s paintings sit somewhere between the two approaches, incorporating layers of expression with stylised, patterned overlay. View them first-hand from this Friday!
Gardens of Mind and Myth by Amy Wright, Liz Wickramasinghe and Emma Itzstein
Friday, September 13th – Thursday, September 26th
Opening Sunday, September 15th, 2pm-4pm
40 McCann Street