ARTISTS TO LINK UP FOR VIVID EX­HI­BI­TION

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Let's Eat - Aaron Cor­lett www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d475684

OLIVIA Colja and Rozanna John­son have been cheer­lead­ers for each other’s art for many years but they are team­ing up for the first time for an ex­hi­bi­tion at the Vic­to­ria Park Cen­tre for the Arts.

Liv­ing Colour is an ex­hi­bi­tion of the work of the two friends, which tells sto­ries of the WA land­scape, their ex­pe­ri­ences, mem­o­ries and per­spec­tives of the nat­u­ral world.

Colja said her art­work was in­spired by the ocean, a topic that held some fear for her fol­low­ing two in­ci­dents where she nearly drowned as a kid.

“Luck­ily I was saved by my dad dur­ing the two oc­ca­sions but I still have some mem­o­ries of that time,” she said.

“With this ex­hi­bi­tion, it started with a trip to Nin­ga­loo Reef; I have some fear of the un­der­wa­ter and I sus­pect the fish might feel the same way as I’m swim­ming in their home.

“I was sketch­ing and draw­ing dur­ing my trip and when I came back I fo­cused my work on the anx­i­ety that I felt about the wa­ter.”

East Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent John­son said she made a big change in her life af­ter quit­ting her job as a graphic artist and fo­cus­ing on her art.

“I de­cided to get out of the of­fice and con­nect with na­ture and land­scapes and so I went for a se­ries of daytrips to nat­u­ral places around the metro area,” she said.

“In my art­work, I wanted to ex­press some of the non-vis­ual as­pects of na­ture and the feel­ings that they evoke, I have al­ways been drawn to tex­tures.”

Colja said they were ex­cited about ex­hibit­ing to­gether for the first time.

“We worked to­gether for a num­ber of years and we’ve al­ways sup­ported each other and been cheer­lead­ers as we pursue our art,” she said.

Colja will be the sec­ond artist to take part in the Vic­to­ria Park Cen­tre for the Arts’ Artist in Res­i­dence Pi­lot Pro­gram, which is from De­cem­ber 16 to Fe­bru­ary 8.

“Af­ter my ex­pe­ri­ences as a kid, I looked at the amount of peo­ple who have drowned in Aus­tralia dur­ing 2015-16 and de­cided to cre­ate 280 lungs with poly­mer clay,” she said.

“I’m ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity and I’ll see where it leads me.”

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

Rozanna John­son and Olivia Colja

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