FINDING PRINTS CHARMING
IT is little surprise Margie Oldfield’s passion for natural history has transposed to images of fish and reptiles in her art work.
The artist studied botany and zoology at UWA, working in Broome, Queensland, Africa and England before settling back in Perth to raise her three children.
It was then she turned her creative energy to art, most recently the ancient Japanese printing art form of Gyotaku.
“I think my art has evolved entirely as a result of my love of natural history,” Oldfield said.
“Gyotaku was originally used for people to bring back accurate measurements of the fish they caught before it dried up.
“Before photography it was a way to keep a record of their catch and has evolved over the years to be considered as a genuine art form.”
Oldfield said she had been unsuccessful in perfecting her Gyotaku technique on her own, so applied for a grant and travelled to Japan in 2013 to study with a Japanese Gyotaku master.
She will hold her first solo exhibition in a decade, aptly named Little Creatures at Little Creatures, showing at Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle from December 5 to January 6, 2016.
“I sent them an email with some of my images and asked if they’d be interested in the exhibition,” Oldfield said.
“They are fantastic at supporting local artists and emailed me straight back saying it would be a perfect fit.”
Margie Oldfield with some of the works to be shown at her upcoming exhibition.