WHEN : 21st June 6:30 – 8:30pm
WHERE :Hansho 235 Boundary St, West End
Please join Clare Elizabeth and Kate Cranney for the opening night of their exhibition, ‘Grass I sleep in’.
“Mangroves, leafhoppers and pandanus in the Torres Strait … fireflies, eucalyptus and tomatoes in Maleny, in this work I have drawn (on) the plants and insects that I am surrounded by. Growing up on the land, I have always loved the delicate creep of insects on my skin. And plants…I recently took leave from an office job to volunteer, learn about ethnobotany and explore the country. Rather than fear or loss of control, this has given me a kind of free-falling freedom. As the saying goes, ‘I am lost/And I rejoice in the openness’. These drawings are for Emily Cowley, who gave me the loving nudge I needed to share my artwork for the first time. I hope you enjoy all of the work displayed at Hanasho.”
One snippet of advice I often remember when drawing is ‘draw what it looks like and not what it is’. I like to think of this because it encourages the individuals’ perspective and our hearts to merge with our minds. The leaves on a banana tree look like the silhouettes of massive feathers in the right light. A face is strange, a nose and ears, seeing them as what they are, as very peculiar shapes. The surface of the water after the rain looks like millions of tiny dark blue worms wriggling around in a white silky matter. I am intrigued by what we don’t see when in a place, and when we do see, what it leads us to feel and think. This is a collection of compositions that intend to capture the strange beauty of the Australian Landscape and how I feel about that.