Wild beauty of bush

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Entertainment - Sarah Ison

The Stu­dio Gallery and Bistro cap­tures the un­touched Aus­tralian wilder­ness in its spring ex­hi­bi­tion, The Essence of Art in the Bush, which opened last week.

The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures WA artists Di Tay­lor, Kay Gib­son and Dan­ica Wichter­mann, who have cap­tured the Aus­tralian bush on can­vas, pa­per, porce­lain and clay.

Gallery di­rec­tor Sandy Tip­pet said the ex­hi­bi­tion of­fered visi­tors the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the essence of nat­u­ral Aus­tralian bush from three starkly dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives and styles.

“Peo­ple that visit will be able to see the bush in so many dif­fer­ent ways — there’s such va­ri­ety amongst these artists,” she said.

Ms Tip­pet said Tay­lor had cre­ated her pieces while trekking through bush­land, car­ry­ing her can­vases and paints on her back and us­ing leaves, branches and dirt in the cre­ation of her col­lec­tion, Bush Bash­ing.

Wichter­mann’s porce­lain col­lec­tion was cre­ated metic­u­lously on the pot­tery wheel in the Perth hills, en­cap­su­lat­ing na­tive flora and fauna care­fully on each sur­face.

Mar­garet River res­i­dent Kay Gib­son said her own tech­niques had evolved rapidly over her 13-year ca­reer, and drew in­spi­ra­tion from fire and nat­u­ral re­gen­er­a­tion.

“In the cre­ation of my pieces, I used a tech­nique called fu­mage, which makes im­pres­sions on the can­vas from the smoke and soot of a lit can­dle,” she said.

“The re­sult is this com­plex, del­i­cate look to the work, which mim­ics the na­ture of fire, in a way.”

Gib­son said many of her pieces de­picted the birdlife she had been in­spired by since child­hood.

Visi­tors had the op­por­tu­nity to meet each artist re­cently, and Tay­lor also gave a demon­stra­tion.

Ms Tip­pet said the open ex­hi­bi­tion would al­low view­ers to con­nect fur­ther with the works and take away a new un­der­stand­ing of the bush and their nat­u­ral sur­round­ings.

More than 30 pieces have been cre­ated es­pe­cially for this ex­hi­bi­tion and will be on dis­play un­til Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 7.

Pic­ture: Sarah Ison

Kay Gib­son with work from all three artists fea­tured at The Essence of Art in the Bush.

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