The Odyssey exhibition featuring Upper Hunter artists Anne Bray, Janice Hanicar, Hope Hardy and Julia McNaught opens 6pm on Saturday 31 August 2019 at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre.
” Odyssey” was inspired by the result of an eventful, adventurous journey which focused on the experiences of drawing, collecting and painting en plein air. It began during at field study trip to Hollydene Winery at Jerrys Plains. “A Light Bulb Moment” that created inspiration to start a journey through the natural surroundings of the Hunter Valley.
“Art consists of a diverse range of activities” (John Wolseley) and these experiences represent an inventory or document about our journey through our local landscape. Both the physical and subjective experiences provided the subject matter for a body of work to generate a collection for the Odyssey exhibition. This body of work was the springboard for new directions and a constant source of inspiration for engaging with the landscape to frame a perception of a certain place.
A two year journey, from September 2017 to August 2019, provided connections, inspired different interpretations and personal visions for each artist. These personal visions are what you will see in this exhibition.
Physically immersing in the environment around us gave a consciousness and engagement with the local landscapes. To go to a place and find some way to describe what you see in your terms, “identifies art as a use of indirect means to communicate from one person to another” (Leo Tolstoy).
Different techniques evolved and the rough body of work was transformed into a diverse variety of styles, methods and presentations to invite the viewer to immerse themselves within our journey.
As Edgar Degas said…”Art is not what you see….. But what you make others see”.
The exhibition closes 20th October 2019.
Artist statement by 8 Artists.
Image. Artwork (from left) by Anne Bray, Hope Hardy, Janice Hanicar and Julia McNaught. Courtesy of 8 Artists.