Some of the most impressive artwork at BOAA was found in the Art Gallery. Remember to click on the image to enlarge it. Starting with Three Installations from Asher Bilou. In the catalogue he talks about one being The lightness of light which I presume is this one. On the wall plaque it’s called in-visible. It’s made of resin and I liked it best of the three. It looked so ethereal, especially with people walking through. And see the reflection on the floor. Quite magical.

Also in the catalogue the artist talks of The ecological shrine which I assume is this one although on the wall it’s called Resurrection. Eerie and thought provoking. Made me think of the Great Barrier Reef; bleaching and dying before our eyes. It certainly doesn’t give you much hope of resurrection.

Next was this extravaganza which is great fun. You want to eat it. Each sunny day is a piece of gold by Pip and Pop. Great colours. It’s made of sugar, glitter, crystals, artificial flora and craft materials.

Here’s a close up.

I found all of the pieces by Faridah Cameron wonderful. I didn’t get the names of the individual pieces. But the work is a combination of drawing, writing and stitching. She says: My paintings are constructed by means of repetitious mark-making, which has become a form of personal calligraphy that sometimes resembles textile, sometimes text. When I first saw these, I thought it was all stitching but I now realise it is a combination. It all reminded me of my mother’s skill in embroidery; where you couldn’t tell the back from the front of a piece of embroidered cloth. Here they are, with some close ups to show the technique which I thought was extraordinary; interspersed with quotes from her artist statement.

In mythology thread represents the link between all things. In my work, diverse cultural influences come together, and past and present coincide.

The thread-like application of paint becomes a metaphor for connection, making and repair. As with stitch, simplicity accumulates towards complexity. As with text, marks evolve towards meaning. There are many threads to be followed.

The paintings were mostly medium size but some were bigger, like this one. Amazing textures; we’re on the moon.

Next were paintings from the Numina Sisters from the Northern Territory. Six sisters; Salena, Lanita, Louise, Sharron, Jacinta and Caroline and their mother Barbara. All very large, colourful, complex and quite spectacular.

There was, of course, much more to see and admire at the Gallery, but these were my favourites on the day.


One Response to BOAA: Biennale of Australian Art, Ballarat – Art Gallery of Ballarat

  1. [...] Faridah Cameron, Art Gallery of Ballarat. She’s from Tasmania and I loved all of her work which I thought originally were all needlework but in fact are a combination of painting and stitching. I’ve never seen anything like it before. The close up shows the technique. See some of her other work here. [...]

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