Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Exhibition action

Having been pretty busy for the last little while, it seems the action continues!

COMA is holding another one of it's member exhibitions, which Ken is co-ordinating for us from Barcelona!  Is there no end to his talents? The theme this time is 'Wake up a memory…' The show is being held at the Tree Frog Gallery, 926 Montville Rd, Maleny from 21 November 2013 to 15 January 2014.  The gallery is closed Monday and Tuesday.

Given I have been up to my ear-balls with printmaking of late, I chose to continue along with that approach and prepared a larger piece.

Called Memories of Travel,  it seems to me that memories are often faint and blurred and merge over time… This piece draws upon recent visits to Japan and brings together the sense I have of several lasting images. In Hiroshima, the memorial posts. In Tatebayashi, a skilled printmaker using multiple plates in a beautiful and ordered manner. The red chop that is used to sign work. Calligraphic marks that are beautiful, yet without direct meaning for me. They merge and create a new memory.

It was quite a challenge for me to organise and register 8 plates, but I'm pretty happy with the overall outcome.


After a few trials and my ever-constant "notes to self"..


I made a few changes, and then more notes (and some changes back!)


Until we got something.


With some lovely details.



Secondly, the wonderful Laura of 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, OR is hosting the Eco-Editions exhibition where my wee book "We have bee-n warned" will be on show. In case you're in the area...


Here's a link to the catalogue with lots of wonderful books. And just between you and me - we're going to be there for the Artists Reception! I'm way excited about that!

14 comments:

  1. Lovely work Fiona! Makes me long for a press!

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    1. Thanks Roberta - I must admit I did a 6 month course and fell in love with printmaking, and when we moved I figured I'd get a press so that would help me stay printmaking. Well…about five years on I am really only beginning to really play with it properly, but it is a dream to have on hand I must say.

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  2. It's always wonderful to see into an artist's process Fiona, thanks for sharing. Have fun on your travels and at your exhibition in Portland, OR.

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    1. Thanks Kim - in my case it often shows the weird meanderings of my mind! I am pretty darn excited about Portland and being there I must say - feels pretty special!

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  3. Have a great time at the opening exhibition at 23 Sandy Gallery, Fiona. I'm sure your lovely book will be a sell-out.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words and encouragement about the book Helen. It would be nice if it sold out, but it will definitely be special enough just to be there.

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  4. Congratulations Fiona on showing your work in Portland, and how wonderful to be at the Opening. Enjoy yourself, and meanwhile I'll enjoy the online gallery of books. Thanks for the link.

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    1. Thanks Amanda - there are some pretty interesting books on show I think, so it will be fab to see them in person.

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  5. Love the print textures Fiona. Good luck with the exhibition :-)

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    1. Thanks Suzi! It should be a good show I think...

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  6. I love the geometric simplicity of this piece and the great colour contrasts .. nothing quite like black and white with just a little red for impact.

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    1. Thanks Charlton - it needed the lift of red; but like you I think it's hard to go wrong with that combo. Go well.

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  7. I must check out that book exhibition online. Good luck with it Fiona. I love the continued pleasure that your prints are giving you and wish I was good at writing 'notes to self' as they obviously work! Beautiful crisp edges to those prints and wonderful registration. That's not easy to do and they make a wonderful combination together.

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    1. Those lovely little aluminium plates are giving me my nice edge Lesley - and the registration proved challenging until I worked out I needed to release the pressure on one side as the roller was pulling that side thru first and making things go wobbly. Always loads of notes to self - but I don't always remember to re-read them! Laugh.

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