ANU Student Profiles: Painting Workshop

ANU Student Profiles: Painting Workshop


Brooke: My research project is based on the
idea of the self and I’m particularly interested in the hidden parts of the self. So the parts
that we don’t understand, like the unconscious and dreams. Sally: The process starts with
filming in places that are identified as liminal spaces or non places. Places we visit with
purpose and then sort of move quickly through. I take stills from the footage and overlay
it transparently and create these collages. Though it sits really flush with the wall,
it pushes really far back. Creates this space that sort of envelops you and due to its size
it’s something you kind of can’t ignore it. It invades you as a viewer. Fifi: I am looking
for a kind of a contemporary way of combining two tradition techniques of Chinese ink painting,
which is Chinese landscape painting and Chinese painting. Sanne: The idea started more
of having an addition to colour and material and the way that this is developed now is
about how colour contrasts, so for this one orange and blue, how it could translate that
through material as well. So that the material gesture becomes energetic and tactile and
engaging, not only for myself as the artist painting it, but also to the viewer who’s
seeing it. Brooke: Art is very sort of separate a little bit from the outside world and it’s
good to have people that kind of understand what you’re going through and understand what
you’re doing and you can kind of talk to them when your families don’t really understand. Yeah, it’s a really nice environment because everyone’s here working really hard and then
when you get stuck in a corner we all just sit together and start to talk about each
others paintings. Sally: I’ve been given an opportunity where I can do something that I really love and it’s of value here.

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