14 – 29 September
Contemplation of object and landscape
Wendy Cummins, Christina Frank and Sue Murray
With a shared history 3 artists serendipitously meet after 40 years.
Exhibiting works in various media, together they contemplate object and landscape. Working across still life and landscape, the artists focus not only on the objects of still life or landscape subject, but meditatively consider the landscape of object, object as landscape, landscape in object, the stillness of landscape. They explore the connection between the intimacy of home, the domestic context of the ‘still life’ and traditional female realm, and nature, subject of the ’landscape’ representing the wider earth and natural elements beyond our control. Each artist identifies strongly with both, viewing the intimacy of home as intrinsically connected to the earth as our home.
Wendy Cummins’ artistic works are inspired by her environment, her home and surrounds. She explores her subject over and over using different media and techniques in a process that is slow and calming, almost a meditation. Her methodology means that her work often evolves to small series of works. She loves to evoke images that are simple and natural, raw and tonal, where shape and balance, lines and textures are the essential core.
Interior Design trained, Wendy also loves to create original bespoke lamps by combining foraged vintage items with quality finishes.
For Stillscape Wendy is focusing on elements found at home, looking to represent the peace and comfort that can be found there.
Christina Frank’s drawing based practice embraces various media and extends to sculptural expression. She concerns herself with beauty and the natural world, landscape and identity, invariably touching on connections to each other and place. Searching for metaphors she explores underlying rhythms and patterns of landscape, its psychological and spiritual underpinnings and power to shape identity.
For Stillscape Christina is producing a series of landscapes, which are simultaneously of nowhere and everywhere. Archetypal, they might be glimpsed from a car window speeding through the landscape, or found deep within dreams. They entice the imagination offering alternate journeys and places to explore and be.
Also, inspired by Wendy and Sue’s work, she is making ceramic vessels, the inner glazed surface containing a landscape of the imagination.
Sue Murray is a Sydney based artist working with photography & painting. Her professional experience as a commercial photographer informs her practise. She is interested in the sensation of perception and the optical effects of light, as this phenomena transforms the pictorial space that objects inhabit. Her work expresses a poetic sensibility of impermanence, and suggests the notion of uncertainty. In this series she is creating a stilled space where audiences can engage with bigger questions about the natural world and our relationship with it.
Sue taught photography for over 10 years at University and TAFE before leaving to develop a unique program of accessible photography for people with spinal cord injury. In 1990 Sue graduated from COFA, UNI NSW with a Master of Art, with a major in digital imaging. 2018 Sue will graduate from National Art School with a Bachelor of Fine Art with a major in painting. Sue has been exhibiting since the mid 1990’s in both group and solo exhibitions as well as undertaking commissioned projects including National Museum, Canberra. Throughout her career Sue has been awarded numerous grants from peak Arts bodies such as Australia Council for the Arts & Arts NSW.