An­i­mals drive artist to ab­strac­tion

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Street Watch -­mu­ni­ d476147

STEPHANIE Reisch finds in­spi­ra­tion from the grow­ing arts scene in the Town of Vic­to­ria Park.

The East Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent and artist has been liv­ing in the Town since 2010.

“It’s a spe­cial place; it’s got a great energy and an in­creas­ingly eclec­tic com­mu­nity,” she said.

“The cre­ative hub is grow­ing and there is lots of sup­port for artists.”

Ms Reisch is the ex­hi­bi­tions co-or­di­na­tor and a board mem­ber at the Vic­to­ria Park Cen­tre for the Arts.

“Art has al­ways been a big thing in my life but it wasn’t un­til last year that I started do­ing it full-time.

“Be­fore that I was teach­ing draw­ing and con­tem­po­rary paint­ing at UWA and then I de­cided to take the leap.

“I pre­dom­i­nantly paint; I’m in my stu­dio in Burswood most days. I like cre­at­ing large ab­stract com­po­si­tions that ex­plore the con­nec­tion be­tween hu­mans and an­i­mals.

“I un­der­stand the need for emerg­ing artists to be sup­ported and I think the gallery has the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand and reach a broader au­di­ence.”

Perth has not al­ways been home for Ms Reisch, as she has a Euro­pean her­itage.

“I was born in Bel­gium but my fam­ily’s back­ground is from Lux­em­bourg; we moved to Perth in 1987 when I was seven years old,” she said.

“I’m the youngest child, so I’m prob­a­bly the most ocker out of ev­ery­one in my fam­ily. My grand­par­ents fell in love with Perth and then we all fol­lowed.” the vis­tas that make our sub­urbs unique. We are count­ing down to #SnapPerth Day on Novem­ber 22, which is a day all about cel­e­brat­ing and shar­ing what we love about the city we live in. So re­mem­ber – once you snap, you have to hash­tag and share. ■ Snap the photo ■ Hash­tag #SnapPerth ■ Share on In­sta­gram or Twit­ter

■ Thanks to our na­tional part­ners Canon Aus­tralia and Har­vey Nor­man Photo Cen­tre and our state part­ner REIWA.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Stephanie Reisch and her dog Mosi.

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