WHEN : 24th June - 5th July
WHERE : Lethbridge Gallery
RAW photographer of the year Beth Mitchell, MAMA Winner Dasha Riley and Lethbridge 10 000 People’s Choice Award winner Marisa Veerman show their new collections at Lethbridge Gallery this June.
Beth Mitchell has made her mark with her inspiring array of underwater photographs. Her emotive artwork depicts stories of beauty told with ethereal themes.
Beth’s new series ‘The Dome’ explores the dome as a symbol of Renaissance beauty in rebirth. Inspired by the brilliance of old world cultural & artistic explosion, this series captures the circling of the four seasons, reflective of Renaissance glories.
Dasha Riley’s love for Italian Renaissance and Dutch Golden Age painting inspires her choice of composition, colours and post production treatment, blurring the boundaries between photography and painting.
Her images reflect internal worlds rooted in the magic of childhood, and personal dreams and visions, with narratives touching on themes of European heritage, solitude, the otherworldly, and awareness of our connection to spirit.
Dasha was awarded Australian Photography Magazine’s Portrait Photographer of the Year 2015, and was featured on the cover of the magazine’s February 2016 edition.
Her images have been widely exhibited, including the Renaissance Photography Prize 2015 Finalist Exhibition, Getty Images Gallery, London. She was also one of the winners of the 2016 Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) National Photography Prize, and three of her works were acquired into the MAMA museum permanent collection.
‘Blush’, by Marisa Veerman, is an expression of the strength and fragility of the female spirit as she tumbles resiliently through the seasons. Fragile hues of petals and flowing fabrics are adorned with intuitive mark making, needle and thread, to conjure a sense of the familiar and hint at dreamlike memories, otherwise lost.
Through the physical act of stitching, Marisa seamlessly paves the way for fusions between contemporary and traditional arts. A discerningly subtle application of warm brushed wax reflects and absorbs the light, changing the tones of the spaces throughout the day, bathing the figures through greens, cyans and caramels. Timeless motion occurs in these spacious solitary abstractions. Marisa Veerman’s fine arts practice makes comment on the transient nature of beauty as an all-sensory experience.