Contours: Interpretations of Australian Landscapes

Start Date: Friday, 22 October 2021

Finish Date: Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Location: Grenfell Art Gallery, 88 Main Street, Grenfell NSW 2810

Contact: 02 6343 2059

Contours: Interpretations of Australian Landscapes is a collaborative exploration of land and place by Jennie and Jess Forster. The exhibition presents subjective, observational and conceptual interpretations of the natural environment through painting, drawing, textiles and mixed media. Mother and Daughter are together exploring their personal and shared experiences of the topography, waterways, bushland and human interventions within our wide brown land.

Jennie lives with husband John on a property in the Tumut Valley in NSW. She has been painting professionally for twenty years and teaches various mediums of drawing and painting across New South Wales. Her converted shearing shed studio is nestled in the dramatic hills on the property, where the smell of lanolin mixes with pungent oil paint. The balcony of the studio overlooks creeks, billabongs, dirt tracks and towering ancient gums. Jess often visits – it’s a place of solitude, inspiration and motivation to create. Jess is a textile artist, working primarily in the medium of wool felt sculpture and wall-tapestries. Jess is an early career artist, exhibiting and teaching professionally since 2016. She feels the convergence between a farming father, and artist mother, resulted in her art practice. Wool felt as an artmaking medium has been fuelled by the love of the land that her parents instilled in her.

Jennie’s work included in ‘Contours’ encompasses tonal impressionism in oils, acrylics, ink, mixed media and experimental drawing. Recent extended journey’s through Central and Northern Australia, as well as her local environment, have inspired her latest body of work. Jennie’s crucial tool is her sketch book, a visual documentation of the intangible sense of wonder.

 

Jess’ felt works are conceptual, inspired by her connection to land and place. They are symbolic of the undulating hills, billabongs and small details of trees or bark in bushland she explores. Jess utilises locally sourced wool, and creates her own natural dyes and inks from around her parents property.

Mother and Daughter have collaborated to present ‘Contours: Interpretations of Australian Landscapes’ in homage to our land, and its many facets of inspiration.