ENCOUNTER will investigate the connection between space, texture, surface and materiality
The exhibition showcases work from three Australian artists, Marilyn Reeman, Pascale Bardos and Romy Bennie. The works take on a number of forms including paintings, installations and sculptures, each incorporating organic materials such as metals, rock, wood, clay and sand.
Exploring the structure and interactions between the forces of nature, the works sit in dialogue, creating their own visual language and a deeply tangible, sensory experience.
The exhibition will run from 16 February — 12 May 2022.
Boyd Blue Showroom
34 Arthur St,
Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Marilyn Reeman is a multidisciplinary abstract painter and textile artist who has developed a highly experimental approach to her work, allowing the process to dictate the story. Her aesthetic has always been curious and reflective, profound and sensory.
In her series of work TERRA OMINATA for ENCOUNTER she observes how nature strives to re-invent itself by means of its own natural agents. It investigates landscape, erosion, climate change, decay and human impact asking the viewer to contemplate the care and custodianship of the natural world and the relativity of the universe to the human habitation.
Each work in this collection contains elements of earth, sand, grit and leaf litter foraged from the beaches, tracks & bush between Casuarina and Cabarita Headland. It is this use of materials that makes the human connection asking the viewer to want to reach out and experience the work through the sense of touch.
There is a physicality in the forms and reflection of local topography in the background layers. The repetitive nature of the shapes allow them take on an almost human form, symbolising the stark and ominous nature of climate change and human impact.
Born in Mullumbimby on land native to the Bundjalung nation, Romy is an emerging contemporary artist specialising in clay formations sculpt by hand.
Her work is galvanised by the crude beauty of the natural world and the hypnotic quality of the bodies of water by which she was raised. With reverence for this, she hand forages for relics of native flora which she utilises in many of her designs.
Having caught the eye of Australia’s leading interior designers her work has gathered quite a momentum. Romy’s work is now gracing some of the most beautiful homes in Australia.
Pascale Bardos’ practice is characterised by a dualism in which empirical research and intuition coexist- developed through her enquiry of sensation and experience.
Her work investigates properties of matter (lightness, translucence, fluidity) and physical phenomena (reflection, perspective, balance) to form her methodologies. Creating installations, immersive environments and sculptures, she orchestrates a sensory experience of her surroundings allowing the physical properties of space, colour and light to guide the final work.
Pascale Bardos graduated with Honours of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts, where she recieved multiple awards and acquistions. She has since exhibited nationally and continues her practice in Byron Bay, on the land of the Arakwal Bumberlin peoples of the Bundjalung nation.