THE Cannery Arts Centre’s new exhibition, Elements, opens on Thursday, April 13, at 6pm. It showcases new work by four Esperance artists, Jason Wooldridge, Eimear O’Connor, Tammy Andrews and Will Creed. The opening night will be run in partnership with Forage, the onsite community kitchen garden, and will feature live music hosted by Kyza Presents. Wood fired pizzas will be available for purchase and Esperance’s Lucky Bay Brewing will have a bar to kick off the Easter weekend. All are welcome. The exhibition opening event is a fresh approach that encourages a more social, informal feeling.
Jason’s current work is forged and fabricated steel sculpture. It focuses on the beauty of natural forms. A separate more whimsical series celebrates the oddness of the human personality. When Jason moved from the United Kingdom to Australia in 2009, he switched from art teacher to design and technology teacher. Instead of being surrounded by the conventional tools and materials he was used to, he was surrounded by steel and machinery. He soon began to create objects from the cold hard material scraps which were to hand and a passion for steel developed, particularly traditional blacksmithing techniques.
Eimear works in glass and has been using the idea of regrowth to explore the cycles we go through in our everyday lives. She uses the tuberous potato plant as a metaphor for the weighty burden of life’s trials which, when separated out, are easier to deal with. This recent body of work focuses on the positive aspects of these cycles. The attractive, intricate and delicate nature of these pieces urges the viewer to take a closer look and to focus on the positivity that can grow from tough and challenging beginnings.
Tammy will be introducing a new range of linens and silks which feature her popular Indigenous wildflower series as well as beautiful scenes in soft tones taken from life in Esperance pre 1900. Organic linens for the bedroom or winter beach wraps, silks for wear and feather filled cushions will be some of the items on display. A light-hearted series of petite portraits in oils accompany the fabrics.
Will is a young, award winning photographer. His new work is a collection of ocean photography from Esperance beaches, showcasing the beauty of our region’s waters and waves. These images come from hundreds of hours spent in the waters at all times of day, through all seasons of the year. Each image represents a different day in the environment and each has its own story for the artist, even though he has photographed 1000’s of waves.
The exhibition will run until April 23 and opens daily from 10am-4 pm. All work is for sale. For more info contact the Cannery Arts Centre on 9071 3599.