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 troughs,
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!