Artist’s blos­soms re­veal a bee­tle’s per­spec­tive

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Alexis Gill­ham

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.

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