Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - TANYA MACNAUGHTON

SCULP­TOR Britt Mikkelsen has a long run­ning as­so­ci­a­tion with Clancy’s Fish Bar City Beach.

Not only did she cre­ate all the venue’s light fix­tures but the busi­ness spon­sored her 2015 Sculp­ture by the Sea Cottes­loe en­try, Ocean


This re­la­tion­ship made Curtin Univer­sity-trained Mikkelsen the ideal artist to fea­ture in Clancy’s inau­gu­ral pop-up ex­hi­bi­tion.

Af­ter owner Joe Fisher ap­proached her with the idea, Mikkelsen asked long-time col­lab­o­ra­tor and pain­ter Va­nia Law­son to join her.

“We’ve worked to­gether for more than 20 years, start­ing out in theatre and residential and com­mer­cial build­ing projects,” Law­son said.

“My com­pany Sabi Art and De­sign (with part­ner Andy Cross) works on in­te­rior de­signs for dis­play homes and on pro­duc­tion sets for com­pa­nies like WA Bal­let.

“When you’re an artist you just have to find dif­fer­ent ways to pay your mort­gage; you’ve got to look at other ways to get your work out there.

“Thank­fully Joe started this with his pas­sion and we’ve gone from there.”

Law­son said Clancy’s had cre­ated a gallery for the ex­hi­bi­tion, un­like many restau­rants where the art work was “just thrown on the wall”.

“To have this ded­i­cated gallery space is won­der­ful,” she said.

“So many gal­leries are clos­ing down in Perth that the op­por­tu­ni­ties to show work are de­creas­ing and artist-run ini­tia­tives are pop­ping up like gal­leries in Su­bi­aco or sit­u­a­tions like this, which will now be an on­go­ing sup­port for artists.”

The Mikkelsen and Law­son ex­hi­bi­tion runs from Septem­ber 17 to Oc­to­ber 4 and will fea­ture more than 30 art­works.

Law­son, a Perth Tech­ni­cal Col­lege and WAAPA grad­u­ate, said all pieces ex­plored the light, tex­ture and emo­tion of be­ing on the coast.

“We’ve brought to­gether a shared pas­sion for our art prac­tices,” she said.

“They are quite sim­i­lar even though one is three-di­men­sional and one is two-di­men­sional; they com­ple­ment each other and in­ves­ti­gate the nat­u­ral world.

“Both of us are ask­ing ev­ery­one to slow down and ap­pre­ci­ate the things we are of­ten too busy to see in our daily ex­is­tence.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d443304

Va­nia Law­son with her work A wash and Britt Mikkelsen with

her work Op­er­cu­lum.

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