My work is currently based on making wearable and interior objects adopting materials initially used for packaging of food and everyday products. Plastics, nylon mesh, cellophane, bamboo and varied metals are combined to illustrate that waste materials with their durable qualities can be made effective as both adornment and as well be practical.
Colour is a strong element within the objects and is made visible with the recycling of the used materials. My work is imbued with a sense of fun, serious only in so far as making the most of used materials and by keeping them from landfill.
Most of the works using recycled materials are still experimental and considered to be in their infant stages. I continue this way in the hope of finding a pathway of making sustainable, interesting and clever objects with long term outcomes for my practice.
As a constructionist, at other times my objects rely on the principle of tension while in addition using steel wire, handmade connectors or with readymade fasteners. This method stems from my previous practice as a contemporary wearable object maker designer.
SUSAN WEBB is by training a professional artist and teacher of Visual Arts. From a very early age she loved art making and was encouraged in this by her parents who purchased art materials and entered her albeit childish efforts in competitions. Life at a secondary boarding school included many hours of untutored plein air painting in watercolours. Upon completing her schooling and winning two scholarships, one of which she was obliged to surrender, she trained to graduation at The National Art School, Sydney. NSW. Here she was fortunate and privileged to learn from many distinguished artists and teachers, among them Earle Backen, Peter Laverty, David Strachan and oil painting teacher Henry Justelius.
After four years of study in conjunction with Sydney Teachers’ College Susan Webb qualified as a teacher of Visual Arts and English. For a period of approximately twenty five years she taught in a number of NSW secondary schools. During all of this time she studied and taught the History of Art; this interest continues and provides an endless stream of reference.
She retired early and concentrated on art making, inspired by the plants in the several acres of garden she created from scrub over a number of years while living in the countryside outside Canberra.
Many styles of art from differing times and cultures provide impetus for her ideas and themes. Various areas of work she has concentrated upon: drawing, portraiture, still-life, landscape and various kinds of abstraction, mostly exploring all kinds of drawing and painting media. She has received a number of commissions for portraiture. Her current works are Art Deco inspired paintings on paper featuring plant motifs.
While living in Sydney Susan Webb became an Exhibiting Member of the Royal Art Society of NSW after a juried application. She has been a member of a number of art societies and is currently a member of the Society of Artists, Newcastle Inc. She has a modest and varied output and is represented by Finite Gallery, Caves Beach. NSW and in private collections in NSW, the ACT and Victoria.
My work is primarily inspired by the landscape and the beauty, shapes, textures, simplicities and complexities within that landscape. I choose to work abstractly, at times utilising collage and impastoed areas with oils, acrylic, and other mixed media to produce bold works on canvas, board and paper.
Working intuitively, I rely on shape and colour to interpret my feelings for the landscape from both an aerial perspective and close up.
My work grows from a process of experimentation as I attempt to break down the subject matter to the sheer essence of what I experience and see around me, rather than a literal interpretation of the subject matter.
I am greatly influenced by rock platforms and ledges at the edge of the ocean, their patterns and formations, rock pools and the sea-life they contain. It all provides inspiration for my work!
As well as nature, I have also have a long-held interest in ancient civilisations and stone manipulated by humans – ancient stone ruins, “standing stones” and burial chambers (long barrows) found throughout Europe, also inform some of my paintings.
Sally Behrens grew up in the artistic community of Laguna Beach, California. She received a degree in professional arts: BPA with Honours from Los Angeles Art Center College of Design. She pursued a career as an advertising art director in USA before settling in Australia. When her family moved from Sydney to northern NSW, her commercial design transitioned to fine art, fanciful flora and fauna in brilliant-coloured gouache. Relocating again to Brisbane and more recently to the Newcastle area, she changed to painting oils on canvas in a style she calls ‘domestic realism’. The subjects of these works are often her favourite collectables-jugs, ginger jars, bowls and plates, combined with fruit or vegetables. These simple still-lifes are based on the combination of objects and their unique patterns and colours, and the light surrounding them to create movement and interest.
“I have always found such joy in experimenting and creating with different mediums over the years, but it was when my partner gave me some high-flow paint and resin for Christmas that I finally found my niche in the creative arts.
When I was 18 I decided that I wanted to put myself out there and try my luck at local markets – with the help and support of my mum and grandma, the market turned out to be a huge success, and I began to tap into the fom of functional art.
Over the last 3 years, I have slowly developed my style to create delicate and vibrant homewares and artworks. I am alwas seeking to push the boundaries of the medium I use – which means that every item/work I create is unique to the buyer.”
Ken weaves articles such as scarves, shawls, floor rugs, home wares, and wall hangings.
All articles are individually designed and handwoven using beautiful fibres including silk, alpaca, cotton, tencel, and fine wool.
Ken’s weaving ranges from classic and earthy, to funky and energetic. From the spark of an idea through to meticulous design, to fringing and hemming, Ken’s handwoven items are designed, produced, and presented with joy and delight using up to 16-shaft looms, shaft-switching rug loom, and computerised loom.
Peter Ronne lives on a hill in a swamp with his beautiful wife Rose and works in his shed and back garden with tools ranging from chain saws to delicate carving implements.
Presently his practice is concerned with surfaces, the depths being left to philosophers and x-ray technicians. Lately he has been in pursuit of smoothness so as to emphasize the new surface revealed by removing the old one. The grain of the wood, its knots, and ravaged spaces are always a surprise to be worked around and into the piece. The forms he reaches for are the ghosts of archetypes and cartoons. Humour, presence, and moments of attention in a world of anxious chatter, these are hopefully what the carvings may achieve. A hint of practicality enters through the flattish tops of some, where drinks or flower pots may be left to linger.
For years he worked in stone which is heavy and produces an abrasive powder. Wood is lighter and having been alive carries an echo of that life with it. Stone needed to have its story pounded into it whereas wood carries so much of the story on its own. As always there is dust, but it is redolent and doesn’t scratch spectacles.
About these pieces:
The Guardians 1 & 2 are named for their apparent posture and anonymity. One cannot really tell who they are, but they stand ready in case of emergency.
The Money Changer is changing money, in this case a handful of New Zealand coins into a scattering North Korean ones.
So What is a comment on the cult of appearances.
Hunger Bureau is a furnishing for hungers which can be used as a letter (remember them?) holder and drink stand.
Old Man represents an ancient codger content to lean upon his staff.
Song for Odysseus references that song from antiquity which drove a great hero bonkers.
Robyn was born and raised in Sydney, and as a young woman studied Fine Art at East Sydney Technical College. By day she worked as a retoucher in a Print Shop and in the evenings studied painting and ceramics. As a mature-age student, she continued her studies at the City Art Institute, majoring in painting & drawing. Robyn further added to her knowledge by studying Scientific Drawing at Macquarie University and attending print-making courses at various studios.
Robyn has taught a variety of art mediums at various institutions and schools.
“The most enjoyable would have been teaching and exhibiting as Artist in Residence at Thredbo Village.”
Robyn has exhibited in numerous galleries in Sydney and Newcastle including in her own pop-up gallery.
“I have always been a keen supporter of the environment and my work reflects this. In my paintings and printmaking I use images of our home environment as well as the wildlife that surrounds us.”