Friday, August 15, 2014

Dr Sketchy's @ National Gallery of Australia for "Stars of the Tokyo Stage" Exhibition (9th Aug 2014)

FLG Representation + Taiwan Opening + Megalo Etching Class

I am happy to have recently signed on with Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne. I look forward to exhibiting and working with FLG (beginning with a solo exhibit in March 2015) and am particularly excited to see my work alongside the dynamic and diverse group of artists that make up their gallery stable (including my dear friend and inspiration Hannah Quinlivan)! You can get a great overview of FLG's artists at the current Melbourne Art Fair where their exhibition is broken into 2 spaces The Light Side and The Dark Side.

Although I'm not able to attend the opening in Taiwan tomorrow afternoon, it's nice to know that my lithograph Ravine will be on display for a whole new audience and alongside some amazing company, including silver prize winner Tomiyuki Sakuta who I had the pleasure of meeting during his recent residency at Megalo Print Studio, Canberra.

Speaking of Megalo... why not check out the current class program and have a go at printmaking?! I'm looking forward to teaching a weekend of etching - a medium that offers a great variety of possibilities from fine lines to expressive textures and rich gradations of tone.

ETCHING with Annika Romeyn 
18 & 25 October (2 x Saturdays) 10-4pm
cost member: $260, non-member: $315, concession: $293
learn the basics of intaglio printing or refine your skills exploring such techniques as soft ground, aquatint and drypoint

Contact Megalo to book your place:
21 Wentworth Avenue Kingston
PO Box 5449 Kingston ACT 2604
t: (02) 6232 6041
Tues - Sat 9.30am - 5.00pm

a recent experiment with one of the many etching techniques: 'white-ground' (an imperfect acid-resist that results in fantastic organic and expressive marks and textures)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

GLINT Exhibit & Articles

After a big learning curve, creating new partnerships and working across new mediums during an intense 2 month project, we are very proud of our group exhibition GLINT currently on display at The Canberra Glassworks (continuing until August 3rd). The exhibition has been well received so far! Read all about it and see some more images in these recent articles:

(review also featured in the Canberra Times on 17-7-14)

Canberra Times Article (part 1) 17-7-14

Canberra Times Article (part 2) 17-7-14

Canberra City News 5-6-14

Mushrooms, Emilie Patteson and Annika Romeyn, hot sculpted glass with mushroom and copper inclusions, 2014 (installed in the smokestack, Canberra Glassworks)

Mushrooms (detail), Emilie Patteson and Annika Romeyn, hot sculpted glass with mushroom and copper inclusions, 2014, (installed in the smokestack, Canberra Glassworks)

Collaborative drawing on lithographic stone: Incineration (Double Vision) by Emilie Patteson & Annika Romeyn - see the finished print (edition of 12) and much more in the exhibition on display until August 3rd!

Monday, June 30, 2014


I have just returned from Melbourne where I was overjoyed to be named winner of the EXPLORATION 14 exhibition at Flinders Lane Gallery and awarded a solo exhibition at FLG for March 2015, which I'm very much looking forward to! It was fantastic to meet the 9 other artists (Aimee Fitzgerald, Laura Skerlj, Yoshe Gillespie, Baluk Arts, Sophie Hann, Claire Primrose, Michael Prior, James Blackwell, Sheridan Brown) who are part of a wonderfully varied exhibition, which is still on display until 13th July 2014. If you're unable to visit Melbourne the whole exhibition is available to view online!

24th June - 13th July
137 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000
03 96543332
Tues-Fri 11am-6pm
Sat 11am-5pm

My parents and I at the opening on 26th June

my watercolours hanging in the exhibition

exhibition installation

short statement about my work

Luminous Earth (Intersection), watercolour on stretched paper, 150 x 100cm, 2014

Luminous Earth, watercolour on stretched paper, 150 x 100cm, 2013 (photo by Dean Butters)

 Luminous Earth II, watercolour on stretched paper, 150 x 100cm, 2013 (photo by Dean Butters)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Whitsundays (sketches, photos, poems)

White sails cut sharp slice
Between sea and sky
A thin slit leaks shining silver
Glittering - mercury skittering,
Skating points of light
Carried high on turquoise crests
Wobbled forth by sloppy swell,
The kayaks rock and bob like bath toys
We bounce and sway
To the uneven slap of heavy water on hull,
Long fingers of spray curl over bow-lines
Salty slosh cakes in creases
And forms crusts on cuffs
Of nylon and neoprene


Confused waves rebound from salt-sculpted sea cliffs,
Rippling ridges rise and crumble
Into frothing avalanches of foam
Driven into deep throughs,
Turned around by erratic winds,
My companions gradually shrink
Until they are specks in the distance
I am alone with the ocean
Sometimes it seems I am inching forward
Other times all I can do is bend and brace -
To absorb the changing moods of the sea as she moves beneath me,
Reminding me that I am just another visitor - 
Flotsam, debris,
To be tossed and tumbled, whittled and worn
Like so many smooth pebbles scattered on the shore


I stare down, lost in the vastness below
When, out of the abyss, a blurry brown disc emerges,
Four graceful flippers come into focus,
I watch the slow upward spiral of the turtle
I catch my breath as the giant surfaces - 
Catch a glimpse of a wise, ancient eye
Then the turtle dives -
Gone as quickly as it came...
But I still see its ancient eye staring back at me
Every time I begin to think I am alone with the ocean

Annika Romeyn 19-27/4/14

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Taiwan Museum of Arts International Print Exhibit

Ravine, lithograph, 76 x 56 cm, edition of 6, 2012 (printer: Peter Lancaster)

I'm happy to have been selected as a finalist in the 2014 International Biennial Print Exhibit organised by the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, which apparently received 904 entries from 58 different countries! This lithograph was made during my first visit to the fantastic Lancaster Press in Melbourne and I'm very excited to be returning to work on something new in just over a week from now!

Monday, May 19, 2014

GLINT (Glass & Print) Residency Artist Talk

I am currently enjoying the opportunity to participate in an exciting new residency program offered by Megalo Print Studio and the Canberra Glassworks, including 2 months access to both facilities and the opportunity to collaborate and skill-share between the mediums of glass and print as we work towards a group exhibit at the Glassworks (25th June - 4th August). I have the good fortune of being partnered with glass artist Emilie Patteson and have enjoyed sharing many moments of wonder and curiosity together. 

Annika Romeyn, Mushrooms, lithograph with chine-colle, 34.5 x 43 cm, 2014

Tracking new paths back and forth over the short distance between Megalo Print Studio and The Canberra Glassworks we stumbled upon a fertile new patch of mushrooms emerging on Megalo’s doorstep, which became the starting point of our exploration in new glass and print techniques. The freshly collected mushrooms have so far been observed and preserved in finely drawn stone lithographs, then reduced and released as ash and gas as we burnt and encased them in molten glass. 

collaboration with Emilie Patteson - mushroom burnt inside glass

We are currently immersing ourselves in the minute details of the resulting glass objects, exploring these otherworldly microcosms in a new lithograph, which we are drawing together on the one stone. You can hear more about this and some of our other experiments as we enter the last couple of weeks of our residency by coming along to the GLINT artist talk this Thursday night 6pm in the Megalo Gallery, 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston, Canberra.

collaboration with Emilie Patteson - drawing from glass objects on lithographic stone (in progress)

heating glass in the glory hole

getting ready to carry a finished object to the annealer to cool down gradually

Emilie & I, hope to see you soon!