For the last twelve weeks or so, I have been working on a body of work for my university Masters study. This study of making works, has taken me on an interesting journey. I have been looking at different artists who have influenced the way artists choose to complete, or leave a work incomplete. An essential question in my study, is 'Who/what decides if an artwork is complete?'
I began looking at my experience teaching and how when working with different students, we often see significant differences in students behaviours, motivations and skills. I then reflected on myself as an artist - specifically within my current degree. I felt so overwhelmed that I would not be producing the quality of work necessary to complete the course to the appropriate standard - or to my own benchmark standard. I wanted to do well and prove to myself and my mentors and tutors that I have what its takes to tackle this head on and not fail.
My collection of work looked at the Gladiolus flower, and its floriographical meaning 'Strength of Character'
Whilst reflecting on this idea of personal 'strength of character', I began looking at artists as a collective. Visual Artists, Musicians, Composers, Singers, Designers, Architects and so on .... and how they manage their connection to their works. As an artist it can often be hard to show others your work. You do it in confidence, like showing a friend a controversial new theory that you've thought of. People will like it, be polite about it, be scrutinising and criticise your work until you can't bear to bring it out of its draw again. This is why it was so important to choose a flower that represented the strength that artists have to 'bear all'.
The works were presented as a body of work that was exhibited (briefly for assessment) in the Liverpool St Gallery in Adelaide. I presented the artworks in-between plastic sheets, to give the appearance of biological specimens between slides used for scientific study. Similar to how we scrutinise and explore a new discovery, this is what viewers do to artworks. It is my challenge to explore this idea further.
A few weeks ago, Youthscape 2016 officially opened! I am so excited that I got to have my artworks in his fantastic exhibition! My works were two mixed media artworks maintaining a 'unfinished' style.
'The Italian Blend', 2016 - Pencil, Watercolour & Gouache
Firstly, my artwork titled 'The Italian Blend', is a depiction of classic palette of basil and tomatoes used in traditional mediterranean cooking. I was very excited with the 'completed' composition of this piece. The artwork itself is made up of layers of watercolour and coloured pencil, and then finally some detailing using Gouache.
My second artwork was completed using watercolour, pen, gouache and some coloured pencil. 'The Girl', is a depiction of classic beauty that we view in magazines or media images. The incomplete nature of the work was a way of testing the mediums and how they cooperate when layered. This was essentially a technical experimentation.
'The Girl', 2016 - Watercolour, pen, pencil & gouache
Although I didn't collect any awards in this years exhibition, the exhibition is still open from 10th June till the 12th July, and i highly encourage you to make your way into Adelaide and take a look at the amazing artworks on display. The exhibition is in the RSASA Gallery, on the corner of Kintore Ave and North Terrace.
The Characters of the Fleurieu 2016 Exhibition is officially open!
This is the third Biennial exhibition showcasing local and interstate artists and their depiction of the characters of the fleurieu. The artworks, as always are sensational! Many talented artists in one space showcasing different skills and concepts that make the Fleurieu the iconic region that it is.
My artwork 'Louise' is a depiction of local winemaker Louise Hemsley-Smith. The exhibition is open from the 18th April, till the 24th May 2016, Located at the Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa, South Australia. Please, take some time to visit this exhibition and see the work by many talented local artists.
Pastel and Pencil on Pastel Paper
I have had the pleasure of knowing Louise and her wonderful family for a number of years now. Louise is the kind of person you can’t help but notice when you walk into a room. Her personality is fantastically bright, witty and commanding. Louise and her partner Joch run Battle of Bosworth Wines, and Spring Seed Wine Co. in Willunga; producing excellent wines and always sharing their passion with local and international visitors alike.
I decided to draw Louise when I realised I could rarely go far in the local community without hearing of her from one person, or another. Louise is involved in many different communities and takes pride in coming from the southern region.
In the artwork I have incorporated the wine bottle because; for myself and many others, Louise is as much a part of the branding as their logo. The berry toned background is symbolic of the wine region, and the use of vivid colours in Louise’s clothing and background is representative of her bright and loud personality. Louise is constantly busy, so I have twisted the composition of the piece to be off-centre; similar to the view many of us manage to snap of Louise as she runs around in her busy life!
Abbey is a qualified secondary school teacher and Completed her Masters in Visual Arts and Creative Practice in July 2017. She creates interesting and colourful artworks, not afraid to experiment with new subjects and ideas.