Cargo brings you nine local, regional artists...
The nine artists selected feature diverse works; ranging from prints, photographs, sculptures and mixed media in the Cargo: Art in Transit exhibition, rolled out across the reach of Murray Arts, from Henty to Savernake. Cargo is a professionally curated exhibition, by Sarah McAlister. Sarah interviewed each of the artists individually and uncovered what drives their arts practice.
Above Image credit: Cargo - Art inTransit, Richard Janson detail 'The Night Cleaner' 2012 archival photographic print
The Art Life
Cargo brings you nine regional artists, all at varying stages of their artistic career, on diverse personal journeys and career pathways, so not all of them are traditionally art-school trained.
Patrea Cook, from Walwa, former Curator of the Albury Botanic Gardens, is a developing artist whose career has transitioned from landscape and garden designer, to sculptor. She describes her journey as being one that opened her eyes to a whole new world, carrying her to Italy for an intensive 10 days of carving Carara marble.
Young mother, business woman and student, Faith Colwell-Beaver is discovering the artistic exploits, traditional woodworking skills can bring to her creative commercial business. Successfully winning a recent commission to design and construct unique bench seating for Albury's new art gallery- MAMA, Faith hopes that one day, artistic projects will eclipse the commercial work.
Mary-Rose Riley knows only too well the effect on one's art practice from being in transit. Moving house and Shire and living in temporary digs whilst building, has seen Riley's work shift away from painting and drawing towards more experimental mixed media works and sculpture. Without a studio for the first time, Riley had to adapt the way she worked creatively- documenting time and space like journal entries.
One of the pleasures of working with artists is not only unearthing what makes them tick, how they work and where, but who and what influences them. Photographer Richard Janson documents industrial landscapes and has a passion for black & white industrial portraits of August Sander, an early twentieth century German portrait and documentary photographer.
Daniel Walther, currently studying Building Design, is influenced heavily by architecture and architects such as American Minimalist sculptor, visual artist, architectural designer and noted theorist, Tony Smith.
Long time Wodonga artist Peter O'Dwyer is inspired by the nomadic life and work of Australian artist Ian Fairweather, to create sculptures and paintings with the human form as constant subject matter, exploring the individual versus community.
Photographer and film maker Andrew Pearce, on the other hand, is inspired by the reactions of his viewers. Pearce's work not only tells a story, but creates emotionally charged, evocative and atmospheric subjects, linking the natural and manmade environments - turning things on their heads, creating misconceptions, and adding surprising twists of humour.
It not unusual for chance encounters to steer artists in new directions. Inga Hanover, inspired by a comment from a friend about novelist Marcel Prousts' The Remembrance of Things Past, delved into an ambitious and dedicated daily drawing project based on the book. After reading a single page from this epic novel, Hanover produced a daily drawing, accompanied by a quote from the text.
Jennifer Munday began a fascinating research project into the people and stories surrounding Beechworth's historical May Day Hills Lunatic Asylum, after taking part in a ghost tour and coming across the graffiti image of a maddened face. Coming from a performing arts background, Munday could see huge potential in the sharing of untold stories and personal histories surrounding this site, shrouded in mystery and stigma.
from left -right Daniel Walther | Mary-Rose Riley | Patrea Cook | Jennifer Munday | Inga Hanover | Andrew Pearce | Faith Colwell-Beaver| Peter O'Dwyer | Richard Janson |