Drawn from the Benalla Art Gallery Collection, this exhibition explores the idea of works of art as studies of particular subjects, primarily through portraiture in this case, and also as decorative ornaments.
Ornament and Subject features paintings, photography and prints from the 19th century to the present day with a special focus on contemporary female artists.
Image: Jacqui Stockdale, Rama Jarra, The Shepherdess 2012. C type print. Benalla Art Gallery Collection
Three Storylines captures the poetry of place as seen by three artists, Glenda MacKay, Christine Upton and Barbara Pritchard. The exhibition explores their connection to place and the process of making and creating images of Riverina, Murray River and North East Victoria landscapes.
Christine Upton is a printmaker who lives in Corowa on the banks of the Murray River. Her depiction of landscape comes from memories, journeys and connections to particular places.
Barbara Pritchard lives in Walwa in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains. Her work reflects a love of natural fibre textiles and fascination with the process of dyeing with natural dyes. Using leaves, berries, bark and seeds from the land on which she lives Barbara employs traditional and contemporary dyeing techniques to create textile pieces bringing a feeling of connection to the land.
Glenda Mackay lives in Rutherglen in North East Victoria and creates aerial landscapes through painting, collage and assemblages. She references the grids of farmland and the grids of quilts to explore the connections between home, the land and a sense of place.
Image: Glenda MacKay, Summer, when we harvest wheat (detail), 2016. Assemblage of painted wood blocks.