Artist’s blossoms reveal a beetle’s perspective
WHEN Katelyn Aslett designed her latest artist i c ma s t e r p i e c e , s h e wanted to make her audience feel like beetles.
While the goal may sound unusual, with an exhibition titled ‘‘ Blossoms Bloom’’, there is little chance that result hasn’t been achieved.
F o r Ms As l e t t , t h e l a r g e r - t han-l i f e f l o r a l creations were as much about transforming the gallery into a garden wonderland as they were about being eye-catching artworks.
‘‘ This larger than life installation makes people feel insignificant in some ways,’’ she said.
‘‘ The small flowers are technically easy but I wanted to see how to push this by making flowers as big as I could.
‘‘ The larger felt flowers have different thicknesses and weights, so it’s harder to balance them.
‘ ‘ I ’ v e b e e n working with felt and colour and dying wool for so long that this exhibition was the chance to push the forms and shapes more than normal as well as the colour concepts.’’
She said the exhibition, which opened on Saturday, would remain on display for two weeks at Perc Tucker Gallery.
After spending six to eight months on the project, the local designer hopes to expand the concept in the future.
‘‘ I want to make flowers three to four time the size of these, but it’s a gradual process,’’ she said. ‘‘ I’ve been doing this ( artwork) for 14-15 years and I’ve always done a lot of floral art.
‘‘ Before this I worked on a flower farm and as a kid did a lot with picture flowers.’’
Entry is free at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Flinders Central.