Tripartite – Sarah Elson, Angela Stewart & Holly Story
Artists: Tripartite - Sarah Elson, Angela Stewart & Holly Story
20 May 2016 - 18 June 2016
Linked by common interests in ephemerality these three artists weave their visual languages into an exhibition that celebrates a variety of interpretations of the underlying structure of natural forms.
Angela Stewart has pursued an interest in portraiture for more than three decades, leading her to study the history of portraiture and its contemporary practice in both her Masters and Doctorate at Curtin University, Western Australia.
Stewart’s paintings and drawings often make stylistic and thematic reference to Renaissance art and historical portraiture. A recent body of her work used oval and circular frames to closely examine the traditional treatment of elements such as landscape and costume, and how these can conspire to aid the construction of identity in paint.
The notion of ‘artistic doubt’ has had an influence on Stewart’s more recent oeuvre. Over time, the rendering of her line and brushwork has dissolved to increasingly reveal materiality and process.
Stewart had exhibited extensively throughout Australia as well as internationally and has been acquired by a long list of private and public collections.
The subject and materiality of Sarah Elson’s sculpture speak explicitly, yet intimately, of transience, ephemerality, sensuality and recipricocity. The artist is attracted to found forms that embody these themes – a flower, leaf or the wings of a deceased moth, for instance. Through the ancient processes of forging and casting, objects are cast, drawn out and hammered until the metal itself begins to reveal the fragility of existence.
Like her organically sourced subject matter, the re-claimed metal Elson employs is similarly recycled. The alloy of shibuichi – a sensual combination of silver and copper - is indicative of Elson’s concern with community, relationships and the cyclical flow of language and belonging. Her work with precious metals offers a further commentary on that which is considered to be of value to Western Australians.
Born in South Australia, Elson has lived and worked in Western Australia for thirty years. Elson is a Visual Arts graduate from Curtin University and a current PhD candidate. In 2001, she was a recipient of the prestigious Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship. In 2003, she completed a Masters in Fine Art at the Chelsea School of Art and Design in London. Sarah has exhibited locally, nationally and overseas and has held three solo exhibitions to date: Anigozanthos (eduamonia hybrid) Galerie Düsseldorf, 2007), phloem poetica (Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 2010) and rapier lehmanni (Galerie Düsseldorf, 2011).
The Lament of the Labellum - transformation
The Labellum is the medial orchid petal - its soul purpose is to attract a pollinator. The labellum (also known as the lips) is the landing pad for fertilisation; it is a point of attraction, connection and the continuation of life.
In The Lament of the Labellum – transformation I have removed the labellum from the common Singapore orchid – collected at the front of the checkout at the local supermarket. Each one is burnt out once encased in plaster and poured under vacuum with molten copper and silver. Rapidly quenched the copper produces the enticing crimson reds tones and the silver turns a soft white. The combination of both silver and copper known as shibu-ishi produces earthly shades of pink. Both metals in their oxidized state go brown to black. These cast forms are then worked, drilled and threaded on beading threads to hang in front of you.
The practice of Fremantle-based artist Holly Story incorporates printmaking, embroidery, installation, sculpture and, more recently, video.
Born in Zimbabwe, Story had a nomadic upbringing spending time based in various countries and attending boarding school in England. She immigrated to Western Australia in 1970, and in 1987, as a mature age student, attained a Bachelor of Fine Art at Curtin University, Perth, followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Visual Art in 1991. Since then she has been working as an artist, arts administrator and occasional arts writer.
At the heart of her practice is a 30-year relationship with her research site on the Deep River, on the south coast of Western Australia. Her work is concerned with human perception and lived experience. Of particular interest to Story is the interdependence of the human and natural worlds. She states: “I take worn materials and objects, already redolent with their own histories, and transform them through simple domestic processes”.
Holly is the recipient of many grants and awards including: Stour Valley Arts King’s Wood artist in residence; Artsource Go Anywhere Residency Award; and a DCA project grant for Warburton project. In 2003 she was the winner of the Bankwest Contemporary Art Prize and her works are in numerous collections including: Holmes à Court, Parliament House Collection, Perth; Canberra; University f Western Australia; Art Gallery of Western Australia; Curtin University of Technology; Artbank; Museum of Arts Crafts Itami, Japan; and City of Fremantle.
Angela Stewart Cogitatio #5 2016Oil and acrylic on board, 75cm
Angela Stewart Sapience #1 2016Oil and acrylic on board, 75cm
AngeleStewart Poesis# 13Oil and acrylic on board, 90 x 68cm
Angela Stewart Poesis #14 2016Oil and acrylic on board, 90 x 68cm
Angela Stewart Poesis #15 2016Oil and acrylic on board, 90 x 68cm
Angela Stewart Blythe #15 2016Oil and acrylic on board, 75cm
Angela Stewart Poesis #16 2016Oil and acrylic on board, 75cm
Angela Stewart Cogitatio #4 2016oil and acrylic on board, 75cm
Angela Stewart Cogitatio #12016oil and acrylic on board, 90 x 67.5cm
Angela Stewart Cogitatio #15 2016oil and acrylic on board, 90 x 67.5cm
Sarah Elson Lament of the labellum - transference 3 2016Repurposed silver and copper alloy on beading thread from the singapore orchid, 13 x 4 x 4 cm
Sarah Elson Lament of the labellum - transference 3 2016Repurposed silver on beading thread from the singapore orchid, 13 x 4 x 4 cm
Sarah Elson Lament of the labellum - transference 1 2016Repurposed silver and copper alloy on beading thread from the singapore orchid, 13 x 4 x 4 cm
Sarah Elson Frangipani pinssilver and copper, sizes variable
Sarah Elson Frangipani pinssilver and copper, sizes variable
Sarah Elson Feeling battybronze, 10 x 10cm
Sarah Elson Star podsilver, 12 x 9 x 4cm
Holly Story 100 Days 2016hand-made plant fibre string, marry kino wax, approx. 180 x 180cm
Holly Story Blue is the first change 2016 (details)found wooden objects and twined dyed string, size variable, detail
Holly Story Beelier skins 2016jute string, 5 components, approx. 10 x 40cm