Joanna’s Ju­niper hon­our

HILLS artist Joanna Meredith is the first artist to hold an ex­hi­bi­tion in the Dar­ling­ton home the late WA artist Robert Ju­niper shared with his wife Pa­tri­cia (Tr­ish).

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn Gri­er­son

LO­CAL land­scapes by Hills artist Joanna Meredith will be un­veiled at a pre­miere ex­hi­bi­tion in the Dar­ling­ton home of the late Robert Ju­niper and his wife Pa­tri­cia (Tr­ish).

“Bob and I talked about what my fu­ture could hold in store for me af­ter he’d gone and it al­ways was our plan that I could run some artist re­treat or ex­hi­bi­tions from here,” Mrs Ju­niper said.

“So, at last, af­ter all the be­hindthe-scenes plan­ning, things came to­gether for this pre­miere ex­hi­bi­tion.

“I met Jo Meredith when she won the Bob and Tr­ish Ju­niper Prize for vis­ual artist at the Mun­dar­ing Bi­cen­ten­nial Schol­ar­ship for her por­trait of her fa­ther.

“I sug­gested she do a por­trait of me to hang be­side the por­trait I have of Bobby. And so she did, and we be­came friends.”

Meredith’s land­scape col­lec­tion, ti­tled West, de­picts scenes of Dar­ling­ton, Fre­man­tle and some en plein air from Kal­barri.

“For the past 18 months, I’ve been de­vel­op­ing my oil land­scape tech­nique whilst ex­plor­ing our stun­ning and var­ied en­vi­ron­ment; the re­sult­ing works are West,” Meredith said.

She said her art prac­tice ex­pressed what brings joy in her life.

“West ex­plores the im­mer­sion in our en­vi­ron­ment that both nour­ishes and ex­cites us,” she said.

“There’s no bet­ter feel­ing than tread­ing the curves of our coast, bush or gorges and not know­ing what lies ahead. Dis­solv­ing into the land­scape’s ever-shift­ing light, sounds, sen­sa­tions; breath­ing in the rich colours and smells.”

She said her hope was for view­ers to feel sat­u­rated by the land­scapes in the same way she first ex­pe­ri­enced them.

“Or be re­minded of those mo­ments they too have been en­snared by the west,” she said.

“I’m very hon­oured to have my work go­ing up in Bob’s stu­dio know­ing its rich his­tory, and the in­cred­i­ble works that have been cre­ated within its walls. It’s the per­fect place to hold com­mu­nion with na­ture through art.”

Meredith stud­ied art at UWA and trav­elled ex­ten­sively in Europe and the US.

Art Gallery of WA foun­da­tion chair Mar­lene Stafford will open West on Sun­day, with the col­lec­tion on dis­play un­til De­cem­ber 3.

For times, email ju­niper­stu­dioswest@gmail.com.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d476555

Tr­ish Ju­niper and Jo Meredith are col­lab­o­rat­ing for the ex­hi­bi­tion.

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