Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Art -

STEEL wool, power drills, mops and her own wheel­chair treads are just a few of artist Cather­ine White’s pre­ferred paint­ing tools.

White, who has a phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity and a mild in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity and com­mu­ni­cates non-ver­bally, is con­tribut­ing a piece to the an­nual Cre­ative Con­nec­tions ex­hi­bi­tion and Nulsen dis­abil­ity ser­vices fa­cil­i­ta­tor and ex­hi­bi­tion cu­ra­tor Kate Leslie said move­ment and sound were the driv­ing forces be­hind White’s work.

The two have been work­ing to­gether at the Vic­to­ria Park Cen­tre for the Arts to pre­pare for the ex­hi­bi­tion.

“She’s a highly in­di­vid­ual artist,” Leslie said.

“She likes to use the end of a paint­brush in­serted into a drill so that it spat­ters out when you turn it on.

“She also uses steel wool to ap­ply paint, or a mop – the hit and drag of a mop on the floor make her light up.”

The piece White is show­ing in the ex­hi­bi­tion she cre­ated mainly us­ing a mop on a can­vas stretched across the floor.

The re­sult is a big, warm-hued ab­stract acrylic on can­vas and the parts not painted with the strands fea­ture White’s wheel­chair treads as her aide helped her move her wheel­chair where she wanted.

“For me, the in­spi­ra­tion of work­ing with Cathy is that it’s so out-of-the-box,” Leslie said.

“It’s not just the out­come that’s beau­ti­ful; this is almost per­for­mance art.”

The art­works in the ex­hi­bi­tion, by artists sup­ported by The Cen­tre for Cere­bral Palsy, Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices Com­mis­sion and Nulsen, are ac­com­pa­nied by works by Po­ets Inc mem­bers.

Each poet re­ceived short artist bi­ogra­phies, and pic­tures of their art­works, to in­spire a writ­ten piece.

Each art­work is shown with two of its cor­re­spond­ing po­ems, and the po­etry ac­com­pa­nies each work sold.

“You form your own per­spec­tive from the paint­ing, then you get closer and you see oth­ers’ per­spec­tives,” Leslie said.

“The po­ems sit so well with the in­di­vid­ual artists and their works, it’s un­canny.”

Pic­ture: Elle Borg­ward

Art fa­cil­i­ta­tor Kate Leslie with artist Cather­ine White.

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