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'Home Sweet Home' Margot Westhorpe G1 'Still Life; My Vision of the Artistry of Nature' Janet Hayes G2

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Please join us and the artists, for the opening celebration of upcoming exhibitions at Ladder Art Space on Thursday 30 January 6:30-8:30 pm.

All welcome.

Drink and refreshment provided.

'Home Sweet Home' Margot Westhorpe

This group of works continues my interest in the ways we construct our individual identities. Where we live and the homes we live in, are not only crucial to the ways others see us, but to the ways in which we see and understand ourselves. A home may offer shelter and a sense of belonging for an individual or a group of people. In this way home becomes a place for a connected group to belong.

In the past, to have or to share a home did not always bring contentment or security. For some women it represented safety and certainty; for others it represented entrapment. Escaping the physical boundaries of the home meant freedom for some women, but for others, it has meant homelessness.

The use of tapestries, many made decades ago, reflects the role of women in recording their lives and their identities. The tapestries also reflect the homes they desired as well as the homes in which they lived. Rather than continue the task of embroidering tapestry patterns, I have moved beyond the traditional and extended the threads and messages beyond the frame. I have considered the message these women expressed in their needlework and offered a new interpretation of their depictions employing contemporary colours in thread and perspex.

Margot Westhorpe, artist

https://ladderartspace.com.au/exhibitions/home-sweet-home/

'Still Life; My Vision of the Artistry of Nature' Janet Hayes

Colour and design inspire my art. I am drawn to nature’s wonderful, intricate, organic designs and the explosion of colour in nature, often being aware of the way nature throws together unusual colour schemes, as well as the sometimes subtle arrangement of subdued colours.

I have portrayed the artistry of nature in pastel, the medium I am most passionate about- for its immediacy, texture, and range of effects from bold to delicate. I have also incorporated other media of acrylic, ink and watercolour, etching, oil pastel, and mixed media all of which I have been experimenting with and exploring in this body of work.

I have created in the genre of still life since I studied with celebrated artist and teacher, Daniel E Greene, in New York in the mid-eighties and was inspired by his large, highly realistic, unusual still life artworks in pastel and oil. I have taken that inspiration and created in my own style, scale and with my own unique vision.”

Janet Hayes, artist

https://ladderartspace.com.au/exhibitions/still-life-my-vision-of-the-artistry-of-nature/

The exhibitions run until 15 February 2020.

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