Image courtesy of Rebacca Marshall
'Fertile Ground' is a group exhibition across G1 + G2 curated by the six resident artists of Kingston Arts Centre. Featuring recent works by artists, Christina Darras, Rebecca Marshall, Robert Scholten, Te’ Claire, Narelle White & Paula Whiting during their time in the Artist and Ceramics Studios in Moorabbin. Envisaging the site of the studio as common ground, which supports and nourishes each individual artist, the exhibition seeks to celebrate the shared strengths and diversity across their creative practices. Exhibited works include hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramics, drawings, paintings, printmaking and sculpture.
about the artists
Christina Darras is of Athenian, Greek roots, and moved to Australia a few years ago. She has studied painting at Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris France, and Printmaking at Central St Martins College of Art in London, UK. She is a multidisciplinary artist and a jewelry designer. She paints, draws, makes installations, she uses any medium to serve what she has to say. The past two years she had solo exhibitions at G3 of Kingston Arts, Boom Gallery, the Vitrine at Craft Victoria, Genesis Gallery in Athens, Greece and an artist in Residency at Craft Victoria. She has been at the Kingston Artist Studios since May 2018. Her aim is to have a consistent creative flow, no matter what medium, in order to communicate with others and to create a visual language.
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Rebecca is a Melbourne-based artist who often makes expressionistic paintings of women, cats and flowers. Her work features bold, exaggerated figures and abstracted images in candy-coloured hues.
www.rebeccajanemarshall.com Instagram: rebeccajanemarshall
I’m an artist inspired by everyday life. I extract visual ephemera from my own experiences and construct new expressions from them. This involves a lot of playing, layering, mixing and matching, mixing and remixing, combining and recombining. Most of the time I don’t know what I’m doing except trying to find an equality of feeling in visual form - a particular vibration. These vibrations end up becoming paintings, murals, prints, digital illustrations, drawings, animations, film.
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My practice involves the research and manipulation of traditional ceramic materials feldspar and kaolin. At times my art is seen as vessels, based on the idea of function with the focal point of my research exploring material boundaries.
The wheel is the foundation of my practice and using this mechanism I investigate the constraints of ceramic materials and how far the medium can be influenced. To achieve this intermediary surface each constructed form is fired multiple times focusing on chemistry creating a risk and hazard to each form, not all survive. This game of chance creates complex textures and hues that would not be possible without the extensive investigation of materials through layering, grinding and firing.
Each object holds this trace of hardship through the physical interactions of materials to explore identity and place. This intermediary shift in my practice is developed from a representational object such as the individual to something purely material, a ceramic object. This transformation from human to an inanimate object looks at the material exchange between people’s experiences and a persons own permeability.
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Through a sensitive engagement with the intelligibility of matter, Narelle creates porous assemblies of ceramic material. She finds joy in the messy unpredictability of ceramic experimentation, and aspires to a distinctive materiality that is imbued with the memory of its making. A recent finalist in the Manningham Ceramic Art Award, Narelle is also the beneficiary of an Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant in support of an upcoming residency at the European Ceramic Workcentre (EKWC) in The Netherlands, 2019-2020. She has undertaken studies at The Rhode Island School of Design in the USA, and was awarded the 2018 Clayworks’ Award for Excellence in Ceramics.
Paula Whiting is a long time member of Art Day South and has exhibited in numerous group shows over the past 20 years. Paula is an animal person and her work has featured horses, birds and more recently whales. At home she also enjoys drawing her favourite cartoon animation characters. Having done quite a lot of painting in the past, particularly portraits, her current work focuses on pencil and pen drawings with an astonishing attention to detail. Each work may take three months to complete. Paula is attracted to the simplicty and meditative nature of fine dot work which she started exploring 3 or 4 years ago whilst at Satellite, an Arts Access Victoria program which was based at Monash Gallery. Paula began a studio residency at Kingston Arts Centre in July 2019.