I love this time of year because this is when art students exhibit their work and I usually find artworks that are fresh, exciting and thought provoking. The Tides that Bind exhibition, presented by the third year students in the Bachelor of Creative Arts at Deakin University, offers plenty to consider and contemplate, and features a range of works that are stylistically and conceptually different: figurative paintings by Meghan Griffiths expressing emotional trauma, geometric patterns by Tracey Coutts exploring spacial concerns on a two dimensional plane, organic structures by Aaron Baltetsch to create sacred spaces, monoprints by Dij Vriens reflecting the devastation of Black Saturday, and that’s just to mention a few. There is so much more.
It is great to see the first wave of artists coming through the restructured visual art course at Deakin, exhibiting under the banner United Artists At The Waterfront. Congratulations to the thirteen artists participating in the exhibition: Ann Abrahmsen, Aaron Baltetsch, Tracey Coutts, Renee Dolley, Maghan Griffiths, Rachel Hanlon, Joanne Humphreys, Robyn Lowe, Lis McDonald, Maria Richardson, Karol Robertson, Christopher Scott and Dij Vriens.
Unfortunately the exhibition only ran for a week and it finished today (Sunday) but if you missed the exhibition, you might be interested to see a sample of some of the artworks in the photos below.
Mixed Tape Decipher Machine by Rachel Hanlon. Perspex, mild steel, plastics, rubber belts, cassette tape, magnifying glass.
“My work explores the ways in which people perceive and catalogue their sentimental memories, intertwined amongst a need to connect with others. As an artist, working through ethnology and anthropology, I use Mixtapes to unravel the emotional content that we record of ourselves, opening up the complexities of interpretation and communication from the past to the present.” – Rachel Hanlon
“I am doing work in response to the Black Saturday bushfires of February 7th, 2009. I have been looking at the devastation that took place at St Andrews near Kinglake and the regeneration that has followed. Working from my photographs of the area, my prints and paintings evoke strong emotional feelings of loss and hope.” – Dij Vriens
Untitled Series 1 (White on Red) and Untitled Series 2 (Red on Red) by Tracey Coutts. Oil on marine ply.
“CAD systems, working drawings, colour theory and design principles and elements of the built environment inform my work. Producing non-objective digital images and paintings, with a hard-edge, smooth surface finish, I use perspective techniques and gradation to explore the possibilities of depth and special concerns on a two dimensional plane.” – Tracey Coutts
“My artwork combines both traditional and contemporary concerns. I am interested in human conditions such as relationships of mother and child. My inspiration often comes from the figure and organic forms. Through experimentation, drawing, life drawing, printmaking, photography and other forms of mixed media, I strive to push boundaries.” – Karol Robertson
Installation view of works by Meghan Griffiths. Centre painting: Who am I now (self portrait), oil on board.
“My work represents my journey as a woman in today’s society, focusing on themes of innocence and perception of the world and how these are affected after experiencing a crime. My work expresses my feelings of struggle and loss of control and shows the inner turmoil in the aftermath of trauma, through self portraiture and figurative paintings and drawings, stripped bare to a vulnerable state.” – Meghan Griffiths
“My latest work aims to create a sacred space. This semester I have been researching the ways in which cultures all over the world and throughout history have designed spaces specifically designated to the inward reflection of the external. Working mostly with found natural objects such as wood and stone, I draw inspiration from a range of artists, spiritual thinkers, philosophers and anarchists.” – Aaron Baltetsch
“My work consists of mixed-media paintings, drawings, collages and sculptures – exploring abstracted, electric and colourful landscapes and the unique forms of the human face. I am inspired by colour, music, people and the organic forms and elements of the wild Australian terrain.” – Maria Richardson
“My art aims to further enhance our knowledge of nature’s beauty and her secrets by drawing attention to the fragility of life and indeed our existence on this planet. Bruny Island is one of the last wildernesses still in existence, supplying the inspiration for my art through its natural rock formations and wildlife.” – Robyn Lowe