Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE -

IMAG­INE sus­tain­ing a mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tion be­tween your­self, Jack­son Pol­lock and your mother.

That was the essence of a brief put to five con­tem­po­rary artists: Hamil­ton Hill’s Kate Camp­bell-Pope, El­iz­a­beth Riley, Anna Saba­dini, Kati Thamo and Anne Walm­s­ley.

The re­sult is Over Here, an ex­hi­bi­tion run­ning from April 2 to May 1 at Ny­isz­tor Stu­dio in Melville.

“We were asked to re­spond to a male mod­ernist artist, art­work or move­ment, us­ing do­mes­tic craft me­dia and/or tech­niques – but not in an ad­ver­sar­ial way,” Dr Saba­dini said.

“Each artist imag­ined her work as a bridge. We also re­sponded to the phys­i­cal place in which we live – the Great South- ern re­gion of WA. The con­tem­po­rary tex­tiles we’ve made con­sider how be­ing a self ‘in place’ is more than a re­la­tion­ship with phys­i­cal place, it also in­volves cul­tural place­ments. These cul­tural place­ments are im­por­tant to iden­tity and be­long­ing.”

Dr Saba­dini said that for non-in­dige­nous Aus­tralians, be­long­ing of­ten meant iden­ti­fy­ing with places that were not where they lived; for ex­am­ple, a par­ent’s home­land overseas.

The ex­hi­bi­tion opens from 6pm on Satur­day, April 2, with vis­ual artist Nalda Sear­les as a guest speaker. The artists will also hold a free talk on April 16 from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Ad­mis­sion is free and the gallery is open 11am to 5pm Wed­nes­days to Satur­days and 2pm to 5pm on Sun­days.

El­iz­a­beth Riley’s Sil­hou­ette.

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