More Mirrors Images

November 2, 2009 at 12:45 pm (Uncategorized)

Stephanie Granshaw Blue Bell

Stephanie Granshaw Blue Bell

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Louise Whelan Installation and Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Artworks by the Mirrors Exhibition crowd

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Aujan Rattley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nicola Penn

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Cynthia Lund Tarrol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Elodied Silberstein

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Caitlin Shearer

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Remus Grecu

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Laura Bannister

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sarah O'Rourke

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Laura Jones

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Cindi Wider

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Mirrors a Success

October 26, 2009 at 8:36 am (Uncategorized)

Mirrors sadly closed it’s doors on Saturday evening after a very successful ten days. Fifty Five beautiful works of art hung together in a communal expression of hope and beauty. The opening night saw the gallery packed with people all ready to support both the aim and theme of the exhibition as well as to support the Butterfly Foundation by purchasing an art work to add to their own decor. Blank canvases on the floor were not blank for very long with everyone getting into the spirit of drawing and painting. The creative writing table was a hub of thought and expression, which though not as colourful was equally as important. A year of preparation lead to a unique experience where art was a means to express and to create awareness within each individual for their own thoughts and feelings around beauty and body image as well as within the larger community for eating disorders and the suffering they inflict on all those who encounter them.

French installation artist Elodie Silberstein presented an inspired tableau vivante complete with a unique and evocative performance piece on the opening night. The piece was a highlight at the exhibition and Mirrors was proud to have Elodie’s honest approach to art on board.

Art work varied from the masterpieces of the professional including Doug Bartlett who responded to the Mirror brief and produced magnificent pieces reflective of their own style and the Mirrors message. Pencil drawings were a favourite especially ones from Stephanie Granshaw and Cynthia Ludd Tarrol who were both featured on the Mirrors blog in the lead up.

Other pieces that donned the wall were touching statements of artistic expression from past and recovering eating disorder sufferors who all deserve a special thank you for being brave enough to share their experiences and new found hope with us.

Cindi Wider and Melinda Hutchings who created stimulas for the creative writing and drawing corners were a wonderful reflection of important creative expression is for each individual.

It was a privilege to be involved with each of the artists who supported Mirrors over the last twelve months and seeing their final pieces upon the wall was certainly a moving experience for all those who attended Mirrors over the last ten days.  A special thanks goes out to CEDD and EDA who supported the exhibition at every turn and a very special thanks, that knows no words goes to the wonderful staff at the Mori Gallery particularly gallery owner Stephen Mori who went out of his way at every bend to ensure the exhibition was such a great success.

Mirrors may no longer be on the gallery walls but it’s message is still echoing within every person who came along and witnessed it. Mirrors reminds us and I compel you not to forget that “beauty is not just an image it is a feeling,” and it is one we as individuals deserve to feel and witness everyday whether it is in a stranger, a sunset or a loved one, it is everywhere and it is ours to capture and manifest into the world in our own unique way.

Deepest thanks to all my wonderful artists and supporters,

Rhiannon Bulley

Director and Curator

Mirrors Art Exhibition.

Keep your eyes peeled for more Mirrors images and news to come it isn’t over just quite yet….

Doug Bartlett

Doug Bartlett

Noelle Graham

Noelle Graham

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Eating Disorder Hope

October 10, 2009 at 6:21 am (Uncategorized)

Another Great Supporting Website.

www.EatingDisorderHope.com

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Stephanie Granshaw Graces Mirrors with her Art

October 6, 2009 at 7:27 am (Uncategorized)

Steph's Previous Work Titled Gemma

Steph's Previous Work Titled Gemma

Steph Granshaw is a self taught Portrait Artist originally from Brighton in the UK. Her love and fascination for female beauty is portrayed in her unique and sensitive touch with graphite and water colour. More of her portraits can be viewed at Simple Soulful Art

” My Piece for Mirrors titled Baby Blue is about realisation, a realisation of her deep and beautiful female essence reflected back at her in the mirror.”

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Another Great Artist Joins Mirrors Aujan Rattley

September 23, 2009 at 1:44 pm (Uncategorized)

A Previous Image from Aujan Rattley's Beautiful Anonymous Series which will be adapted for Mirrors this year

A Previous Image from Aujan Rattley's Beautiful Anonymous Series which will be adapted for Mirrors this year

The latest piece in the Beautiful Anonymous series will be showing at the Mirrors Exhibit. The images in the series symbolize the way in which modern society idolizes models and celebrities who are so detached from our real lives that they are in essence just faceless beauties; images for our admiration who we don’t really know or have any connection to.

The Artist also had the added intent of creating these faceless portraits to acknowledge how we each have a different perception of beauty. These faceless portraits become a frame upon which the viewer can place their own loved ones or even those people whom they idolize and admire.

An example of a previous Beautiful Anonymous work is above.  Below are a few other works by the creator of the Beautiful Anonymous series, Aujan Rattley.  Aujan is a graphic designer, photographer and artist, who believes in experimenting and learning various creative mediums as each has elements and techniques that help strengthen and reinforce the others.  His artistic and illustrative works therefore often have subtle design elements or seemingly photographic lighting and detail as his various creative interests meld into one another.

Aujan's other previous works

Aujan's other previous works

A collection of his works can be found at http://eternities-end.deviantart.com/

or through his freelance graphic/illustration/photography site http://www.grilph.com/

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Karin Taylor is yet Another New and Exciting Artist Proudly Supporting Mirrors

September 23, 2009 at 1:33 pm (Uncategorized)

Here is a preview of Karin's unique artist style. Her work titled Hidden Treasures will be one not to be missed at this years exhibition.

Here is a preview of Karin's unique artist style, the piece is titled Lost and Found. Herart work for Mirrors is titled Hidden Treasures and will be one not to be missed at this years exhibition.

Hidden Treasure

Golden eggs are not always easy to find

Sometimes they lay hidden in the pockets of our seams

Sometimes we have to look beyond the obvious to see

the beauty in others~ traits of kindness, compassion, nurture and

gentleness are not always obvious at first glance and

what one may perceive as a fault or weakness

may actually be a great strength.

I have been painting solidly for the past 7 years, at first it was for fun, now art is my life…it defines me, it is all that I am, and all that I aspire to be in life.  Art has helped me immeasurably through dark times and happy times…it has been the vehicle through which I learn about myself and others through introspection and the expression of that introspection is what you see…  memories from childhood illustrations in books flood my mind often and warm my heart, bringing back the fond times with my family.  You will notice I generally draw young females full of innocence and wonder, sometimes a sense of joy, other times a sense of longing or rebellion, some with haughtiness or a slight displeasure…others full of peace and contentment, some wanting to express acts of kindess and friendship.

I recently learned about the Mirrors Exhibition and The Butterfly Foundation through a friend and became interested.  I am pleased to be contributing my work “Hidden Treasure” for the first time.  In the painting I explored the use of mixed media enjoying the process of adding pieces of gingham fabric and golden thread to it that seemed to represent parts of me and my life, my early life spent out in the western township of Tottenham with the chooks.  I used the painting to explore my inner world, the child I was, through the understanding I have of my childhood with adult eyes.  I learned to love and embrace the little child within throughout the process.  My golden eggs represent special gifts and traits I recognise in myself.  This has very much been a look in the mirror.  I hope the audience finds themselves drawn to this little girl and hope that she will ultimately win their hearts and help others to find love for themselves as a child also, which was something I very much struggled with.

Thank you to the organisers of the exhibition for accepting my artwork this year, it is indeed an honour to partake.

Karin Taylor

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Mirrors is Proud to Welcome Australian Artist Laura Jones

September 7, 2009 at 1:49 pm (Uncategorized)

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Laura Jones’ paintings explore the complexity of youth and femininity, with the artist’s friends and acquaintances as subjects. The works represent a search for beauty in the unique ways young women build their identities in an emotionally transitory time of life.

YSL # 98, oil on canvas, 80 x 110 cm, 2008

YSL # 98, oil on canvas, 80 x 110 cm, 2008

A Master of Art (Printmaking) graduate of the College of Fine Arts UNSW, Laura Jones has been a finalist in the 2008 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship and winner of the 2007 Mosman Art Prize Young Emerging Artist Award. In 2009 Laura was short listed for ‘Off the Wall’ Competition as part of Art Sydney 2009 and won the Coastal Arts Incentive Award at the FEHVA Arts Festival.

A selection of Laura’s works will feature in Mori Gallery’s forthcoming Mirrors exhibition including this one and two more which Laura is keeping as a surprise!

More examples of Laura’s work can be found at 19Karen Contemporary Artspace on the Gold Coast, or at http://www.laurajones.com.au

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September 7, 2009 at 2:18 am (Uncategorized)

Mirrors project

Photographic experimentation with Rhiannon Bulley and Kent for Mirrors project (www.kentjohnsonphotography.com.au). Rhiannon’s character is inspired by the ambivalent nature of Japanese dolls: Ningyo. Dolls do not age and do not become womanly. They are trapped in time and are allegorical with pubertal children suffering from anorexia who struggle in a quest for eternal childhood within the context of a burgeoning sexuality. The photographs taken will constitute a base of work for a screening that will also involve narrative, sounds and drawings (http://elodiesilberstein.blogspot.com/).

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Journal Intime

August 12, 2009 at 11:41 am (Uncategorized)

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285 lr text Work in progress – Model: Anais Mergy

As in previous years, I will be involved in Mirrors by doing a site specific work. I create intimate fictions through installations which often combine narrative, light effects and tableaux vivants. My practice explores the latent tension between childhood and adulthood (www.elodiesilberstein.com).

For this new artwork, I am seeking real life stories by interviewing people who are facing or have overcome Anorexia Nervosa and who would be interested to share their experience in a confidential way. The final outcome will be the publication of a diary compiled from testimonies elaborated from the interviews that will reflect the complexity and heterogeneity of this mental illness. This approach resonates with some of my initial installations in which intimacy and vulnerability were at the centre of my research, always on the borderline between public and private, fact and fiction. If you are interested in being involved, please email elodiesilberstein@westnet.com.au

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Introducing Artist and True Inspiration Cindy Wider

July 27, 2009 at 11:44 am (Uncategorized)

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Self Portrait”                “Old Rattler”             Commissioned Artwork        “The Holiday”

Cindy Wider was born in Brisbane Queensland 1968 then at the age of three years she moved with her family to live in the Western Highlands Provence of Papua New Guinea where she spent most of her early childhood. With very few toys and little access to technology, her mother encouraged her to draw and write from an early age. At the age of eleven years Cindy moved with her family back to Brisbane then a year later to her grandfather’s dairy farm in Port Lincoln South Australia. Once again in isolation, she continued her love of drawing and writing and had her first story published in a collection of writings at the age of fourteen years.
Living in rural Australia without access to formal art instruction Cindy became frustrated with her lack of painting and drawing skills and resigned to the fact that she just wasn’t gifted enough to be able to draw. It wasn’t until almost ten years later as an adult that she developed renewed interest in Painting and drawing.
Painting became a form of therapy when at the age of twenty three years Cindy became unable to walk more that a couple of meters due to the debilitating effects of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  After setting goals to get to the letterbox in her yard she realised the power of goal-setting for the first time in her life and decided that more than anything in the world she wanted to learn to paint and draw. At first she began to paint realistic images then while studying by correspondence for a diploma in art, she developed her unique bright bold hard-edge semi-abstract style. After attracting the support of the South Austrailan Country Arts Trust, over an eight year period Cindy became one of the town’s most valued artists.
A professional artist with eighteen years of experience in the art industry, Cindy Wider is an award-winning gallery-represented artist now living and painting in Noosa Australia. Cindy is currently represented by The Cooper Gallery and is also a highly respected art educator and author. She is the author of the book “Paint In Your Pyjamas” as well as many art courses.
In 2007 Cindy joined forces with Canadian author and artist Brenda Hoddinott (author of “Drawing for Dummies” and “The Complete Idiots Guide to Drawing People”) to become a world-renown art educator through Brenda’s website Drawpspace.com. Here Cindy operates seven virtual classrooms teaching a student base of up to 60 people within the world’s largest and fastest growing recreational art tuition website. Cindy is a passionate, caring and enthusiastic art educator devoted to sharing her knowledge of art with others.

More words of wisdom to come before her work goes on display as part of Mirror but if you can’t wait find out more about Cindy on her website www.paintpj.com

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