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!):