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Select for Heathcote Museum & Gallery

2 October 2019

Heathcote Cultural Precinct is proud to present Heathcote Select, an exhibition of Western Australian artists that will open on Friday, 18 October 2019.

Heathcote Cultural Precinct is proud to present Heathcote Select, an exhibition of Western Australian artists that will open on Friday, 18 October 2019.

Heathcote Select is a yearly exhibition featuring the work of seven emerging Western-Australian artists, selected by curator Jana Braddock. This year’s artists are Sacha Barker, Samuel Bennett, Madeleine Beech, Natsumi de Dianous, Stephen Peacock, Omra Caoimhe and Chloe Henderson.

“I always look forward to see what new and emerging Western Australian artists’ exhibit at Heathcote Select,” said City of Melville Mayor Aubrey.

“The assortment of art techniques and innovation in this exhibition is sure to impress.”

Artists’ personal bios

Chloe Henderson has been a practising artist all her life. She is torn between two realms: one of nostalgia for a childhood where innocence, comfort and play were never-ending, and one where life becomes increasingly difficult as you venture into adulthood. The divide between the two realms leaves a grey area for new worlds to manifest and strive. Henderson collects materials that are representative of both fiction and reality to make interactive works that rekindle and encourage feelings of curiosity and wonderment.

Sacha Barker seeks to extend understandings of handmade art media. Her large-scale textile installations use familiar materials to explore concepts of identity, authenticity and trust.

By being exposed to places, spaces and people, Madeleine Beech has gathered various findings. These findings are objects or materials she deems of value for their formal ambiguity or their tone, texture, and patina. They are valuable because their original use can be obscured and understood as something new. The findings embody their own narratives and discourse engaged with the artist, but are also witness to. They have both personal and collective history and are worked into Beech’s methodology of art-making focussing on processes such as carving, painting, sanding, assemblage, classifying, ordering and positioning; transforming the found.

Natsumi de Dianous is an artist whose practice is interested in the intersection of low-brow and high-brow, heta-uma (bad-good) style in order to explore and attempt to navigate mixed cultural spaces. Centred around a sensitive and playful relationship to materials and their potentiality, de Dianous shifts between and fuses jewellery, painting and drawing to capture the wonky and idiosyncratic nature of identity. De Dianous has exhibited at various local galleries such as Cool Change Contemporary (2019), Paper Mountain (2018), Smart Casual (2017) and Nyisztor Studio (2016).

Stephen Peacock is a recent Fine Art graduate of Curtin University with a multidisciplinary arts practice concerned with boundaries between art and the everyday. Through the mobilisation of the art object, Peacock conducts public interventions and encourages community engagement. The artist’s work continually adapts with each experience, producing a feedback loop which explores concepts of authorship and activation. Taking a pragmatic approach in his project, ‘The Wander Box’, he uses participation to navigate physical and institutional environments, exposing barriers of tradition, community, education and the role of the arts within the public domain.

Ómra Caoimhe is an Artist working in Australia. Much of her work deals with the dynamics within acts of making that have symbolic meanings. In the past, Caoimhe has worked with knitting to evoke these dynamics through the manipulation of fleece, into thread; into knitted cloths that embodied idiosyncrasies of time and process. The work seeks to decontextualise domestic, tactile and miscellaneous objects, and evoke metaphorical meanings. Made with the artist’s deconstructed childhood wardrobe and threaded un-carded fleece, material dynamics act as a nexus between metaphor and meaning.

The exhibition will officially open on Friday, 18 October 2019 at 6.00pm and will continue to run at the Heathcote Museum and Gallery from Saturday, 19 October to Sunday, 24 November 2019. Members of the public wishing to attend the opening should RSVP by Tuesday, 15 October to heathcote@melville.wa.gov.au or phone 9364 5666. The galleries normal opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 10.00am to 3.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 4.00pm.

For more information, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/heathcote or contact 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.

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