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An exhibition of new works by three local artists will open at Gallery 126 on Friday 12th May.

Emily Simson has exhibited throughout the New England region and first showed at Gallery 126 in 2016. For Janet Reid and Pam Robison, it is their maiden exhibition, and we are excited to introduce their work to Armidale. All three are inspired by the landscape and interpret it on to canvas and paper in their own way.

Emily describes her work practice …

“In the series of artworks for this exhibition, I am putting on to paper glimpses of the landscape between Bendemeer and Uralla, seen while travelling through it as a passenger in a car. The sunlight creates strong lines and colours as its hits tree trunks and grasses, especially towards the end of the day, while the sun is low.

“I enjoy using paint and printmaking methods and move between these to discover different effects for the same subject, the landscape. This time I have used monotypes and mixed media on paper.

“Monotypes are a form of printmaking which creates a unique print, a ‘one off’. With printmaking materials and tools, the monotype uses a printing plate that has no permanent features, which means multiple identical prints cannot be made. First used by artists in the 17th Century with copper plates and many renowned artists since, the following text describes my experience of using monotypes quite well.”

“The technique of monotype is quite varied and its beginnings has not been taught as much as rediscovered and reinvented by each artist who uses it. The artist in turn endows the technique with his or her own style, technique and artistic concerns …”   

“The method I am enjoying is called Trace Monotype or Transfer, a similar process to using carbon paper to duplicate handwritten invoices. I start by rolling printing ink on to a non-absorbent paper, place this face down on to art paper, then start drawing onto the back of the inked paper with pencils and graphite sticks. The next step is to lift off the inked paper, revealing the monotype.

“The process is spontaneous and expressive; gestural marks, lines and random tones are made. In the monotypes I have used coloured pencils, and oil pastels complete the images.”

For Janet … “Painting for me is a state of mind that focuses and uses all of my senses. I become unaware of the real world, in that my mind and body focus on the medium of colour, gesture, sensation and chance. I don’t have a formed idea of what I’m attempting to create when I begin a painting; every artwork is an experiment and experience.

“Of course, I make judgements as a painting proceeds.  My works are an abstraction of the real world. The action of mark making is where I begin. I feel I’ve succeeded when the painting can evoke different emotions, changing worlds with each viewing. I hope to create a conversation between the painting and the observer.

“The works for this exhibition were made using indigo fabric dye on rag paper and are strongly influenced by the art of Japanese calligraphy.”

Pam has used acrylic paints on canvas to capture the landscape for this exhibition. She describes her art making: “I have been painting for a few years now under the guidance of Ross Laurie, who has educated my eye and refined my technique. My work is not overly representational – as Ian Fairweather said (and I paraphrase) ‘painting is a tightrope act, a balance between representation and that other thing’. It’s that ‘other thing’ that interests me most.”

The exhibition opens on Friday 12th May with a function from 5pm to 7pm, where the public can meet and chat with the artists, and runs until Saturday 10th June.

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