STARRY ART AT MILES
Artist returns to region for exhibition
ARTIST Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox grew up on a grain farm between Dalby and Jimbour, and her career has taken her to Brisbane, Canberra, beyond.
And now she’s heading to Miles for her exhibition Cosmological Landscapes, now on display at Dogwood Crossing.
For Ms Brimblecombe-Fox, her childhood on the Western Downs and the influence of her artistic mother and grandmother has heavily inspired her art.
“I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t into art,” she reflected.
“The landscape there, the flat, naturally treeless blacksoil plain, has really affected the rest of my life and the way I interpret landscapes.
“Because in that flat landscape, where the landscape and the mirages melted that delineation between land and sky, kind of made me feel as if I could fly.”
Ms Brimblecombe-Fox fondly recalled the times her maternal grandmother would take her and her two brothers out to gaze at the stars.
“There was this really great kind of influence that at the time you don’t think much about, but as I’ve got older I’ve realised that they’ve had a huge influence on the way I seek my inspiration and how I express it,” she said.
Her artistic journey took her to the University of Queensland, then to Canberra where she worked at the Australian National Gallery in a curatorial capacity, before moving to Goondiwindi and returning to her paints.
She then moved to Brisbane, where she has completed her Masters degree. Cosmological Landscapes draws on Ms Brimblecombe-Fox experiences and focusses on the “the vaster landscape that goes beyond the earth”.
“But also in many of the paintings it’s as if you might be looking through a microscope,” she said.
“So you’ve got that cellular atomic look and then you’ve got the cosmic appearance as well, so I try to induce the viewer to kind of fly with me through this time and spatial scale.”
Other influences include her studies into airborne weaponised technology and how to interpret landscapes in the 21st century.
In all, Ms Brimblecome- Fox said she’s “thrilled” to bring the paintings to Miles.
“I actually think country people, because they’re outside and they’ve got uninterrupted views of the stars, unlike in the city where there’s a lot of light pollution, that they’ll really get what I mean in my work, so I’m really excited,” she said. Cosmological Landscapes runs until May 22 at Dogwood Crossing, Miles.
COSMIC ART: Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox speaks at the Artists Floor Talk at Dogwood Crossing, Miles.