I am excited to announce that I have had my work Oleander, selected as a finalist in the Percival Photographic Portrait Prize.
Percival Photographic Portrait Prize returns for the third time since its inaugural display at Pinnacles Gallery in 2014. This prize was started to coincide with the highly popular Percival Portrait Painting Prize at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and ensure a city-wide celebration of portraiture.
“We reach stages in our lives that are obvious chapters, which can be both abrupt and end difficulty resulting in an unavoidable new direction. I have met many people who have had these kinds of chapters for most of their life’s story. With this work, ‘Oleander’ is a representation of the resilience and wearisome results that a build-up of these moments can have.
Oleander, my subject is much like the plant, in that she has grown a tolerance to long seasons of drought as well as the inundation from winter rains through life. A toxic plant, while weathered and grey, even with everything it can endure still manages to flower.”
Come join me Friday 16th March at 6 pm to celebrate Art Month at Tortuga with a true artist warehouse style opening, for ‘FAKE’ including live music. My work with be featuring alongside over 30 incredible artists including Garth Knight and Will Coles.
An excerpt from the exhibition: “Trump howls ‘fake news!’, escalating his attacks on CNN and the New York Times and the world scuttles to its corner, shamed. Social media smears ribald campaigns of disinformation like a virus, laying waste to a truth no longer dictated by authorities but networked by peers…
The truth, today, has a new shape, all raggedy lines and shadowed form, vacant, abandoned. Clickbait, controversy, sensationalism and spam, the spin swells in soundbites and we are held hostage to a culture of falsity and fear…”
Opening Friday, March 16th, 6 pm
Exhibition 16th – 23rd March
17th – 18th – 11 am – 5 pm (Art Month Open Studio)
19th – 23rd – By Appointment only
Tortuga Studios, 31 Princes Hwy, St Peters
Come join me for the opening night of my solo exhibition Relinquish at Unicorn Lane Gallery Ballarat on November 4th from 5.30pm, the exhibition will be on display until November 30th.
I will be showing a collection works, which connects and transpire the development within my practice.
A progression of my previous series Discovering Locations, with new work that explores a fluidity of expression. Combining photographic works with ink artworks, presented as a form of reflection and release using our surroundings as a mirror to our inner-selves.
Opening Friday, November 3rd, 5.30 pm
Exhibition 1 – 30 November
24/7 – Street accessible
Unicorn Lane Gallery, Unicorn Lane & Sturt Street, Ballarat
I’ve just arrived at the Chateau d’Orquevaux in France for my artist residency, this place is more than I could have imagined.
I would like to thank everyone who helped in making this opportunity possible, I’ve not been here long at all and the other artists, the estate, and surroundings, from the small parts of it that I have experienced so far, is already wonderfully inspirational.
So thank you for being a part of this experience for me.
Here are some photos of the Chateau, my room, the staircase leading up to it and the incredible view from my window.
Here is to two full-on weeks of creating, but for now, a welcoming dinner with the other artists in residence, and of course some champagne.
September 12th, 5-7pm
AD Space at UNSW A&D (previoulsy known as COFA)
I will be showing work from my Housebound photographs series.
Curated by Kate Stoddard, Not a Stat, reflects on lived experiences of mental illness, including mental health practices. The exhibition provides a visual translation of what is often difficult to articulate, thereby offering an opportunity to communicate experience beyond that of verbal disclosure. Included artworks range as much in materiality as they do in conceptual reflection; from the ever-present stigmatisation of mental illness to being in a state of severe depression; from paralysis at the hand of anxiety to means of finding relief.
The exhibition title takes inspiration from the common reduction of lived experiences to scientific statistics (“1 in 4 people experience mental illness”) and the emergence of understanding mental illness through a purely biological or neurochemical lens. The exhibition shifts focus onto the reality of living or dealing with mental health difficulties.
Amy Bruce, Bailee Lobb, Ben Adams, Jennifer Brady, Jeremy Smith, Linda Sok, Lisa Carrett, Monica Rudhar, Plum de Noone and Rhiannon Hopley.
Opening Night Performances:
5.45pm – Bailee Lobb, ‘Weightless Shells’
6.30pm – Poetry slam by Caravan Slam.
I was invited by Gaffa gallery to come up with an idea for an exhibition and guest curate.
Exhibition June 22 – July 3.
Opening June 22 6 – 8 pm at Gaffa Gallery Clarence Street, Sydney.
The exhibition invited artists to respond to the concept and idea of what stillness means to them. Our world is increasingly fasted paced, we are pressured by this idea of being in a constant state of ‘busy’, thus seen as productive and admirable. Art itself calls on the viewer to slow down and engage, just as the practice of creating requires process and contemplation by the artist.
“Within yourself is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself” – Herman Hesse.
Stillness came from the desire to create a show that encourages the audience to slow down, hold them present to a moment, contemplate the work and create a peaceful connection and consideration to their ways of seeing our surrounding world.
Sophie Penkethman –Young
I’m excited to announce that I will have some of my work exhibited at the third edition of Denfair in Melbourne with .M Contemporary. Denfair is a carefully curated, boutique trade event and the leading destination for contemporary design and art in Australia held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre,
If you happen to be in Melbourne that weekend, check out Denfair and visit .M Contemporary at Stand no.G18 to see my work.
Denfair 8 – 10 June
I will be exhibiting a couple of previously unseen works from my Housebound Photographs series, which was created over a 4 month period from February-May 2015. During this time I was physically unable to leave my tiny inner-west apartment, due to a seemingly small accident that ended up being quite severe, resulting in me requiring two major surgeries on my right knee. The photographs are a small insight of this difficult period of frustration, pain, medications and overwhelming feelings of hopelessness. They are a reflection of the human condition, the mundane and the ever growing strangeness of everyday objects when they are all you have to interact with.
Piss Poor Effort is a group exhibition that unapologetically lays bare the common human experience of anxiety. Each artist’s practice discusses their personal experience of anxiety; in social situations, performing identity, isolation and the self-regulation involved in contending with an invisible disability.
Please join me at 107 for the opening on Wednesday 3 May 6-8pm
Exhibition 3 – 27 May
107 Gallery, Redfern Street, Redfern
Starting off my 2017 with some wonderful news, I received a letter congratulating me on my submission, I have been selected to undertake an artist residency at Chateau Orquevaux in France later this year. During my residency, I will continue to develop and work on my Discovering Locations Series, explore the estate and surrounding region to inspire new works and collaborate with other artists. I am looking forward to this fabulous opportunity.
Visit my Australian Cultural Fund campaign to help support this opportunity
French Residency at the Chateau Orquevaux
I am excited to announce that I have been selected as a Finalist for The North Sydney Art Prize, with my work Foreshore Remnant. The work was created for the prize in response to curational theme relating to The Coal Loader site in Waverton and our environment. The 2017 North Sydney Art Prize exhibition opens Saturday 11 March, the exhibition on display until Sunday 26 March 2017 at the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, Waverton, North Sydney.
North Sydney Art Prize | 11 March – 26 March
For more information on the prize, click here to go to North Sydney Councils Website