PAS­TELS EX­HIBIT OPENS

Lo­cal pas­tels ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing

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I love pas­tels be­cause I love get­ting my hands filthy dirty... it’s so or­ganic

— Jeanette Hurse

SUPERFICIALITY, deca­dence, plea­sure, and mor­tal­ity are at the heart of a ex­hi­bi­tion com­ing to La­pun­yah Art Gallery. Masks, an­i­mals,

deca­dence and mor­tal­ity by Chin­chilla born and bred artist Jeanette Hurse deals with themes of en­vi­ron­men­tal­ism and ma­te­ri­al­ism.

Ms Hurse, a teacher for 25 years, said she spent her days teach­ing Eng­lish, his­tory, and vis­ual art, dream­ing of the day when her turn would come. This will be her sec­ond ex­hi­bi­tion at La­pun­yah, this time with a fo­cus on pas­tel art.

“I love pas­tels be­cause I love get­ting my hands filthy dirty... it’s so or­ganic be­cause you ac­tu­ally can be­come part of it, whereas with paint­ing and so on there’s some­thing sep­a­rat­ing you, and that’s the brush,” she said.

“I love the idea of us­ing my hands and my fingers, and when I’m work­ing in the stu­dio I get it (pas­tel) all over my face and my hands, and that’s bliss for me.”

Ms Hurse said the in­spi­ra­tion for some of her art came from ob­serv­ing changes in so­ci­ety dur­ing the past 15–20 years.

“Just in the way our world is head­ing, in terms of the way we re­late to each other, and we seem to be mov­ing in a di­rec­tion that seems to be a lit­tle bit, per­haps a lit­tle bit su­per­fi­cial in the way we deal with each other,” she said.

“I feel that per­haps we are be­com­ing a lit­tle bit more per­haps ma­te­ri­al­is­tic and in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic, and that is some of the mes­sages or sym­bol­ism I have used in some of my art­works.”

Prof­its from the sale of art­works will go to char­ity.

Over­all, for Ms Hurse, art is es­sen­tial to so­ci­ety.

“Down through the cen­turies it has been the artists and po­ets and the writ­ers and so on, who are like the bell­wether for... maybe re­flect­ing on our so­ci­ety and whether our so­ci­ety is well or whether it’s sick.

“We’re more than just a ma­chine, we have a spirit, we have a soul, I be­lieve, and we can feed that, I think the arts can feed that.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion opens to the pub­lic on Satur­day for five weeks.

PHOTO: CON­TRIBUTED

CUL­TURE RE­FLECTED: Artist Jeanette Hurse pre­pares to open her sec­ond ex­hi­bi­tion at La­pun­yah Art Gallery.

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