Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Artist's Palette Magazine

Artist's Palette Magazine, Nov 2011

So much new news to catch up on here! I look forward to posting more about some exciting recent events and/or adventures, but first here is an article from the November issue of Artist's Palette featuring illustrations from my picture book Autumn Leaves and describing my involvement in the 2011 JUMP Mentoring Program.

Monday, November 14, 2011

East Africa Famine Fundraiser

This Thursday Megalo Print Studio and Gallery is holding a fantastic exhibition for a great cause! We are aware of the severe drought and food crisis in East Africa and want to do something to help the 16.5 million people who are starving. Many artists, including myself, have donated artwork and all funds raised will go to Uganda Village Project and CARE Australia. Furthermore, as part of the current AusAID Dollar for Dollar Campaign the Australian government will match every donation made dollar for dollar. I hope to see you there!

works available for viewing 15-17 Nov 9am-5pm

my donated work: Drift, lithograph, 56 x 76 cm

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Drift exhibition

Wash, etching and drypoint, 38 x 28cm

Rush, scratchboard

Alum, scratchboard

Terrain, scratchboard

Skeleton, scratchboard

Encased, watercolour on stretched paper, 100 x 150cm

Encrusted, lithograph, 56 x 76cm

Whirlpool, lithograph, 56 x 76cm

Pass, lithograph, 56 x 76cm

Drift, lithograph, 56 x 76cm

Faults & Facets, etching, 38 x 28cm

Faults & Facets, etching, 38 x 28cm

Faults & Facets, etching, 38 x 28cm

Faults & Facets, etching, 38 x 28cm

Sheet Flow, lithograph, 38 x 56cm

It has taken me a while, but I'm happy to finally share some images of my solo exhibition Drift held at Belconnen Gallery (Sept 13th-30th) as part of their Emerging Artist Support Scheme Award! Above are a few photos of the install plus images of most of the individual works. The work for this exhibition was made in 2011, primarily as a result of an Emerging Artist Residency at Megalo Printmaking Studio.

In this collection of drawings and prints I wanted to continue investigating and activating topographies that can be read on a micro or macro scale. The title of the exhibition “Drift” is a geological term referring to the debris or fragments deposited by glacial or tidal movement, while on a broad scale I wonder about epic processes, such as continental drift, and on a more intimate level the ‘drift’ of the imagination. 

I have developed an interest in observing and drawing directly from nature and have found that a way to do this within the environment of a printmaking studio is by looking at small found objects – debris/relics, such as seashells, that can be transported inside, held, moved and fluidly viewed from different perspectives while drawing on a lithographic stone or etching plate. Earlier in the year I was unexpectedly inspired by a crumpled plastic bag lying around the studio, which brought back memories of walking on Fox Glacier in New Zealand last year. For some of the works the faults and facets of the plastic bag became the subject matter of the image while in others it seemed to provide the context for other subjects to emerge from. In this way, incorporating simple everyday objects, such as the plastic bag, into surreal or ambiguous 'scapes' became a means of visually uniting the humble and the sublime.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves, written & illustrated by Annika Romeyn 
copyright © Annika Romeyn 2011
Limited edition of 60 hand-bound books with hand-cut dust jacket, 
printed with archival pigment inks on MOAB Lasal paper.
double-page spread measures 31 x 42 cm

A huge thank you to everyone who came to see my Autumn Leaves book and exhibition, which was recently on display at Canberra Contemporary Art Space Manuka! I'm still recovering from the excitement and effort of finishing my first picture book, but I am extremely proud of the final product and happy to have had the chance to display it alongside the complete set of original drawings. I received lots of wonderful responses and feedback, which will definitely keep me encouraged to pursue publishing opportunities and continue to develop new ideas and stories in the future :) Special thanks also to JUMP Mentoring, Robin Eley, Arjen Romeyn, Aidah Aliyah Rasheed, Allan Comport & Patrick McGuire for their valuable assistance & support at various stages of the project!

To anyone interested in purchasing the book, part of the edition is still available to order, please contact annika_romeyn@hotmail.com for further info.

Below are a some images of the exhibition, visit CCAS Social Pages for further images & thoughts from the opening night. A selection of the individual graphite and watercolour drawings for the book can be seen on my website.

p.s. book-binding process post coming soon... as always thanks for your interest :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Autumn Leaves (exhibition & book launch)

I am very excited to share the outcome of a long-term personal project - a limited edition hand-bound picture book "Autumn Leaves," which I have written and illustrated. You can see the book displayed  alongside all the original artwork very soon! The exhibition is opening at 6pm October 13th at Canberra Contemporary Art Space (19 Furneaux Street Manuka) and continues until October 23rd (Gallery hours Wed-Sun 11am-5pm). For a fabulous description by the kind people at C.C.A.S. you can check out the facebook event.  This has been a very challenging, but fulfilling project and it would be really fantastic to see you at the opening! Tell your friends!

Below is a preview of a new page from the book & I will endeavour to post some pictures of the bookbinding process over the next week :)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Press Print 2

Hi there :) I promise to post some images of my recent solo exhibition very soon, but first I wanted to share some information about another show that I'm currently involved in. A couple of my lithographs are on display as part of a great exhibition of emerging artists at Megalo Print Studio and Gallery. All of the artists are recent graduates of the A.N.U. School of Art and while some were specifically trained in printmaking there are also photographers and painters who have engaged with printmaking techniques in some interesting and innovative ways. As well as offering us the chance to exhibit together Megalo also supported the creation of our work by allowing all the artists a month of free access to their printmaking studios and equipment... thanks Megalo!

A Megalo project supporting emerging artists curated by John Hart

With works by Emma Beer, Dean Butters, Kate Groves, John Hart, Helani Laisk, James Lieutenant, Brendan McDonald, Annika Romeyn, Dan Vukovljak

Exhibition dates: 27 September - 15 October 2011
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.00pm

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


My first solo exhibition of printmaking and drawing, Drift,  is now on display at Belconnen Gallery inside the Belconnen Community Centre (Swanson Court, Belconnen, ACT)! The official opening is on Thursday September 15th and I would love you to come along (there will be food, drink and a speech by the fantastic artist/teacher John Pratt). You can also see the exhibition during gallery hours 9am - 4.30pm Mon-Fri until the 30th September. Below is a detail view of a large painting in the show.

Encased (detail), watercolour, 100 x 150 cm

Thursday, September 1, 2011

BMA Magazine Artist Profile

Have you ever wondered what makes me laugh? Or wished you knew my plans for the future?
You can find answers to these questions (and so much more) here:
BMA Magazine Artist Profile
For the next couple of weeks you can also pick up a free copy of the fantastic BMA Magazine on the streets of Canberra!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

Memory of Ice

Memory of Ice I, watercolour, 49 x 20.5 cm

Memory of Ice II, watercolour, 20 x 19.5 cm

Memory of Ice III, graphite, 19.5 x 16.5 cm

Our group exhibition opening last at Alliance Francaise in Canberra last night was splendid, it was lovely to see some familiar faces and also to make some fantastic new friends :) These are a few more of my drawings from the show, which will remain open until 16th Sept if you would like to check it out! The inspiration for these particular drawings continues on from thoughts and memories of walking on Fox Glacier in New Zealand last year.