12 June - 24 July 2016
In 2012, the year of the dragon, three women went to China. They were artists - respected, awarded and represented - Suzanne Archer, Hanna Kay, and Sarah Tomesetti. In Beijing they showed examples of their work at the Beijing Art Space, in a grand exhibition, opened by the Australian High Commissioner.
For all this pomp and ceremony, it was not the exhibition that mattered in the end. It was China itself. The cacophony of Beijing, the marks of an ancient civilisation, the sheer beauty of the mountainous terrains.
For Suzanne, the impact of China was immediate - emotionally and artistically stimulated by the beautiful use of text, incredibly visual and superb tasting foods, Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, and Forbidden City. For Hanna, it was her encounter with the famous Terracotta Warriers in Xi’an, and her discovery of other burial sites where animals and machinery, delicately created from clay, joined tiny battalions of warriors. For Sarah it was the journey taken to China by her Mother and Grandmother, on very different missions and in very different times, and her reflection upon the loss inherent to the passing of time.
The resultant exhibition draws together the differing encounters of each of the three women who travelled to China as documented through paintings, drawings, sculptures, assemblages and frescoes in an exhibition that is as diverse as their individual experiences
Exhibiting from 12 June to 24 July 2016. Opening night 6pm Saturday, 11 June 2016 with refreshments courtesy of Two Rivers Wines, Hunter Belle Cheese and Pukara Estate.
Visit the official websites for this touring exhibition
Join us for the exhibition opening night 6:00pm Saturday 11 June 2016
Refreshments courtesy of Hollydene Estate Wines, Hunter Belle Cheese and Pukara Estate.
Suzanne Archer, China Joy 2016, 240 x 360cm, oil on canvas; Image used courtesy of the artist.