Fremantle Gazette - - LIFESTYLE -

THE Fre­man­tle Port cranes might be con­sid­ered a blight on the Swan River sky­line by some, but artist Stacy Gar­doll sees them as a thing of beauty.

The artist has used her sig­na­ture com­bi­na­tion of translu­cent and opaque lay­ers to cre­ate a series of al­most 20 pieces of work de­pict­ing Fre­man­tle’s work­ing wharf and wider city.

She said she did not try to repli­cate pho­to­graphs but in­stead tried to ex­press move­ment and emo­tion through brush­strokes and tone.

“I love be­ing able to ex­press ideas cre­atively, es­pe­cially when the sub­ject in­spires me,” she said.

“Paint­ing for me is a lay­ered process, where a piece is formed over time in much the same way as in na­ture.

“Through this ex­hi­bi­tion I’ve been fo­cus­ing on the com­bi­na­tion of the nat­u­ral land­scape with the man-made el­e­ments of the wharf. The jux­ta­po­si­tion of these two el­e­ments in­trigue me, as does the ten­sion be­tween the two.

“This will be a small and very per­sonal ex­hi­bi­tion and I’ve de­lib­er­ately cho­sen a small venue be­cause I want to cre­ate an in­ti­mate, in­for­mal set­ting for my pieces, some­where peo­ple can reac­quaint them­selves with Fre­man­tle and lose them­selves for a while.”

Port­side is at Paper­bird Gallery in Henry Street from Septem­ber 16 to 22.

Stacy Gar­doll with her paint­ings.

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