Find out why artist Ross Potter is creating a life-sized drawing of Perth Zoo’s famed Tricia the Elephant.
MANY people in Perth have an emotional connection with Perth Zoo’s Asian elephant Tricia, which made her the natural subject for Willagee selftaught artist Ross Potter when deciding on an animal for his life-size artwork.
Tricia is a highlight in Fremantle Arts Centre exhibition Animaze – Amazing Animals for Kids.
Potter, who has worked in graphite and paper for seven years, said his first life-size drawing was a horse, followed by a humpback whale for the WA Maritime Museum.
When Fremantle Arts Centre curator Ric Spencer approached him to contribute to Animaze, a free exhibition to immerse five to 12-year-olds in a world of art and animals, Potter immediately thought of Perth pachyderm favourite Tricia.
“It’s a big children’s exhibition and kids know who she is,” he said.
“I thought it was nice to stick with animals around Perth and she stood out.
“I like working with a very large scale and with animals, I find it’s the one way to really capture them.
“The sheer size of them makes you have a direct relationship to it in the gallery.”
Animaze opened on November 17 with Potter beginning the life-size sketch in FAC’s main gallery, which he plans to work on daily and finish by Christmas.
However, the father of one’s preparation began long before then.
“Perth Zoo was really great and on board to let us in to meet Tricia and have a photo shoot,” Potter said.
“It all starts with photography and a bit of research to learn more about the animal itself.
“I went to Perth Zoo a couple of times, did some studies and really learnt more about her by talking to the zookeepers to find out about her personality.
“It really helps to put more of her characteristics in to the sketch.
“Then it’s a matter of looking at the mathematical side of things and plotting it all down with the logistics.”
Animaze – Amazing Animals for Kids is on until January 23.
Artist Ross Potter has started work on his lifesize drawing of Perth Zoo’s Tricia the elephant.