Margaret: Contemplations, Conversations and Creations is a body of work made in response to visits to the Margaret Olley Art Centre at the Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah NSW by the Broadstrokes artist group.
The exhibition is a three-year collective yet individual journey for the nine artists. Each artist has personally responded to the iconic nature of Margaret Olley’s domestic landscape or paintings by creating works in textiles, mixed media and paper. The focus of each artist varies with members embracing the domestic qualities of Olley’s home, studio, paintings and her life.
The title for the exhibition was born of the ongoing research, journaling and group discussion generated as each artist developed her response. The individual outcomes are unified through collaborative and collective efforts under four general themes – fruit, flowers, friends and fade.
Broadstrokes formed in 2009 comprising six artists wishing to develop their individual arts practice in textiles. Three further members joined in 2016, resulting in the current membership of nine artists who all reside in south-east Queensland. The name reflects the membership of women artists (Broads) from a wide range of employment and artistic backgrounds. “Strokes” refers to the motion of mark making, acknowledging and recognising that each member is inspired to work from her own perspective.
The group and individual members have exhibited internationally, nationally and locally in both guild and juried touring exhibitions in Australia, the United States of America, Taiwan and New Zealand.
The Broadstrokes artists are:
Rebecca Staunton Coffey
Annamaria Mays is a mixed media artist with a love of creating using numerous mediums. The subject matter of the domestic landscape is foremost in her mind when she creates. Though her art, she portrays herself as a storyteller and nurturer of memories and memorabilia of home. Her first love is painting and drawing.
She works from home on her rustic kitchen table as well as in her purpose built studio where she is surrounded by sensory snapshots and old collections of lace, vintage fabrics and examples of her own art.
Student artworks on display are the result of in school tasks.
Yr 9 Art students commence their art studies with some foundation drawing skills and complete a realistic self-portrait before progressing into semi-abstract ceramic portraits and then animation.
YR 10 Art students create multi-colour reduction relief prints based on ‘Pop’ imagery of today, stylised ceramic figures and landscape paintings in acrylic.
In YR 11 Visual Art the focus is on the exploration of various media and processes in order to become familiar with their qualities and characteristics as they explore objects and ideas through the lens of contemporary art.
Students who study Yr 12 Visual Art are responsible for devising their own focus in response to the concept ‘Exploring Humanity’. They decide what they would like to communicate about their focus, what media and processes they will use and what their artwork will look like. The works are student directed and give an ‘InSight’ into what is important to them at this stage of their lives.
Students who study Yr 11 and 12 Visual Arts in Practice focus more upon developing a range of skills relating to media. Two of the main areas we have studied this year have been ceramics (Yr 11) and sculpture (Yr 12). The works you see are their responses to tasks set in class to which they apply skills they have learnt.
Image: "Stag" by Teal Stumkat with Year 9 self portraits in the background