Annika Romeyn, Luminous Earth, watercolour on stretched paper,
150 x 100 cm, 2013
The exhibition will include new watercolour paintings, lithographs and drawings remembering my experience exploring the depths of the Grand Canyon last year.
Rafting, hiking and camping, the mighty Colorado River cut my path between the majestic, seemingly insurmountable, canyon walls that constantly framed my field of vision and, for a time, defined my world. It is a singular feeling to be inside the narrow arm of a canyon network, yet know that the network stretches outward beyond belief. Similarly, it is possible to stare at a wall of rock, excited by its visually dynamic form and structure while overcome by the history of movement scrawled across its surface.
Oscillating between micro and macro, representation and abstraction, I hope that these artworks suggest the inner life of each densely detailed section of canyon wall or churning river.
If you're in need of entertainment on Wednesday night (9th Oct), or would like to hear me say something about my artwork and inspirations in exactly 6 min 40 sec, then come along to Knightsbridge in Braddon at 6pm for the Canberra edition of Pecha Kucha!
Pecha Kucha is a night of informal presentations by creative people who show 20 images for 20 seconds each image and speak about whatever subject they wish. It started ten years ago in Tokyo and has since proved popular around the globe. I'll be presenting alongside an industrial designer, a silversmith, a hair and makeup artist, a writer/curator/producer, a roller derby queen and a violin/cello/viola maker so I'm sure it will be a fascinating night for your eyes and ears!
Inner Gorge, lithograph, 38 x 26 cm, 2013, edition of 47
This year I've had the honour of being involved with the 2013 Print Council of Australia Commission, which was recently launched at Northern Editions in Darwin and Art Est. in Sydney. Ten artists were selected to create new prints for the print commision program, which helps to raise funds for a great organisation: The Print Council of Australia. The judges were Anita Angel, Curator, Charles Darwin University and Chips Mckinolty, graphic artist and political advisor.
I really enjoyed the opportunity to visit the exhibition at Art Est. on Sept 21st as well as checking out the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair on same weekend! It was great to meet fellow commissioned artist Andrew Antoniou (pictured above, on the right holding his etching plate) and to give an artist talk together on the afternoon of the Sept 21st. Below are a few more photos from the event (special thanks to my Dad for coming along!):
I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to work on this illustrated concert program for the Griffyn Ensemble's recent concert, Earth, performed during National Science Week (more info in my previous post). I had the pleasure of attending the beautiful and innovative concert at the CSIRO Discovery Centre where I was overwhelmed seeing the audience members studying my drawings while hearing them brought to life as the talented musicians moved through each movement and/or piece of music.
Below are photos of a few of my favourite pages followed by scans of all the drawings included in the program, which were made using powdered graphite (dry and wet) on hot press watercolour paper.
my response to Fall by Kaija Saariaho
my response to Modell 2 by Henrik Strindberg
my response to Der Andreasgarten I by Ursula Mamlock
my response to Der Andreasgarten II by Ursula Mamlock
my response to Der Andreasgarten III by Ursula Mamlock
my response to Der Andreasgarten IV by Ursula Mamlock
my response to Der Andreasgarten V by Ursula Mamlock
my response to Der Andreasgarten VI by Ursula Mamlock
my response to Der Andreasgarten VII by Ursula Mamlock
my response to Der Andreasgarten VIII by Ursula Mamlock
my response to Der Andreasgarten IX by Ursula Mamlock
my response to Plastmusikk by Fredrick Hogberg
my response to Caterpillar of Society by Martin Wesley Smith
my response to Garden Songs by Juan Orrego-Salas
my response to Flame Trees by Cold Chisel
my response to Song of Trees by Michael Sollis
my response to Wavering Wood Whirling Metal by Jenny Hettne
my response to City of Trees I (Fortune Telling Forests) by Michael Sollis
my response to City of Trees II (Walking Through Wilderness) by Michael Sollis
my response to City of Trees III (Seeing Trees Not There) by Michael Sollis
Hi everyone! I have recently had the pleasure of working with the Griffyn Ensemble (Canberra's premier chamber ensemble) on their upcoming concert, Earth, for National Science Week, which is on Saturday 17 August at 7pm, in the leafy environment of the CSIRO Discovery Centre atrium.
The concert celebrates Canberra’s earthly environs, including a song written for Griffyn that lists every species of tree in the new National Arboretum! Don't miss the world premiere of Griffyn director Michael Sollis’ City of Trees Suite, commissioned for the Canberra Centenary’s City of Trees Radio Plays as an exploration and impression of Canberra’s iconic treescapes (you can find out more at http://www.canberra100.com.au/programs/city-of-trees/).
For my part I have created an illustrative guide to the program featuring 20 new drawings. I really enjoyed listening and responding to the music through images and am excited that everyone will take home an illustrated guide as part of the concert! Below is one of the illustrations (drawn with powdered graphite), I look forward to sharing the rest with you after the concert.
You can expect to enjoy a wide variety of music, including music by Aussie compatriots Martin Wesley Smith (hear all about our Caterpillar of Society) and Cold Chisel. The concert will feature garden music from Chile by Juan Orrego-Salas, and you will hear the tremors of theSan Andreas fault line with music by American composer Ursula Mamlok. I personally can't wait to hear clarinettist Matt O’Keeffe’s dazzling solo performance in combination with sounds of bugs and beetles as the Griffyn Ensemble continues their Swedish musical exchange with Australian premieres of works by Henrik Strindberg, Jenny Hettne, and Frederik Högberg.
Canyon Wall II, lithograph, 38 x 51 cm, 2013, edition of 15
I'm delighted to be part of the 2013 Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards alongside 45 other amazing artists. Please see the media release for more information about the exhibition or head along to Geelong Gallery between August 31st and November 24th to have a look!
Ever wanted to try your hand at printmaking or brush up on some techniques? Megalo Classes are enrolling now and will take place in the sparkling new studios at 21 Wentworth Ave Kingston! Check out the Megalo website for all the options, below are a few classes that I will have the pleasure of instructing:
12 Sept - 17 Oct Introduction to Printmaking
with Annika Romeyn, Tess Barker and Millan Pintos-Lopez 6 x Thurs evenings 6 - 9pm (2x etching, 2x relief, 2x screen printing) cost member: $390, non-member: $445, concession: $423 unsure which print medium to try? This is a perfect taster of what
Megalo has to offer across both Press & Screen Print Studios
9 & 16 Nov Lithography with Annika Romeyn
2 x Saturdays 10am - 4pm cost member: $280, non-member: $335, concession: $277 draw directly onto a lithographic stone and print a finished image in this two-day workshop
23 & 30 Nov Etching with Annika Romeyn
2 x Saturdays 10am - 4pm cost member: $244, non-member: $299, concession: $277 learn the basics of intaglio printing or refine your skills exploring such techniques as soft ground, aquatint and drypoint
I very much enjoyed bring part of the recent ANCA NOW! exhibition, which featured a great variety of quality work by ANCA studio artists. Well respected critic Sasha Grishin published this review of the exhibition (and partner exhibition "Intensity of Purpose: 21 years of ANCA"), including his thoughts on my work: "Annika Romeyn is a young printmaker, primarily a lithographer, who effectively captures dramatic and awe-inspiring landscapes within the sensibility of her chosen technique. It is beautifully resolved work with a long-lasting resonance." (Grishin, 2013)
In August 2012 I spent 9 days exploring the depths of the Grand Canyon a place that has inspired wonder in countless artists and travellers before me. The mighty Colorado River cut my path between the majestic, seemingly insurmountable, canyon walls that constantly framed my field of vision and, for a time, defined my world. It is the memory of these walls and their visually dynamic form and structure that I am continuing to explore through my new body of work, including this series of 3 lithographs.
Canyon Wall II, lithograph, 38 x 51 cm, 2013, edition of 15
Canyon Wall, lithograph, 38 x 51 cm, 2013, edition of 15
Moonlit Canyon, lithograph, 38 x 51 cm, 2013, edition of 14
I'm very much looking forward to my quickly approaching exhibition at Port Jackson Press Print Room. If you happen to be in Melbourne during the month of May you will have the opportunity to see these new lithographs inspired by the Grand Canyon displayed alongside my prints responding to the landscape of the Spanish Pyrenees, which were exhibited in Canberra last year. I will be visiting Melbourne to give an artist talk on Saturday May 18th and would really love to see you there!