Australia Wide Eight is a touring exhibition showcasing the work of Ozquilt Network Members. See it next at Naracoorte Art Gallery, South Australia 9 January – 25 February 2023, Gallery hours Wednesday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 3pm.
Each work is 40x40cm. Many artworks are for sale and may be purchased directly from the artist. All works will continue to tour with the exhibition until September 2024. Download the AW8 Catalogue.
©2022 Dianne Firth
Statement: Part of a series exploring tonal shift over a neutral base.
Photographer: Andrew Sikorski
DESPITE EVERYTHING THE BANKSIA CONTINUES TO FLOWER
©2022 Louise Wells
Statement: I live on the Perth Banksia Plain. However it is rare to see a banksia on my daily walk. I notice the detail of the gradual blooming of this one specimen. As I walk, I contemplate that nature continues its cycle even while unprecedented events rage in our world.
FISH FALLS, GRAMPIANS (GERIWERD) NP
©2022 Sue Broadway
Statement: A lovely walk opens up to this very tranquil and picturesque falls, near Zumsteins, in the Grampians (Geriwerd) National Park in Victoria.
AB EX NEXT GENERATION
©2022 Deborah Weir
Statement: I love using photos of my previous artwork and seeing in what ways they morph and develop.
THE DOOR OF NO RETURN #2
©2022 Sue Reid
Statement: Emotional memories of a visit to the Door of No Return on Gorée Island Senegal. Many slaves passed through this door and left their homeland forever.
GENTLE UPON THE EUCALYPT
©2022 Lois Parish Evans
Tauranga, New Zealand
Statement: As the breeze gently breathes across the thickness of foliage, a glimpse of sky pushes through. Sunlight plays across the surfaces creating light and shadow penetrating and highlighting the structure of the individual leaves. Changing the view, sometimes dense in colour, sometimes translucent. Always changing, always delighting the senses.
©2022 Lynette Weeks
Ocean Grove, Victoria
Statement: There had been an Aussie bush fire. These leaves are blackened. Yet when the sun shines on them they glow with brilliant rusty colouring.
©2022 Sue Cunningham
Statement: A 1908 textbook for dressing an old fashioned doll, which emphasises sewing perfection for girls, is a reflection of societal expectations for women then. Attitudes have changed.
SUMMER STORM AT SUNSET
©2022 Jill Rumble
Statement: Stubble, dried grasses and weeds. Summer storm on the horizon. Hope that there is no lightning to start a fire.
FIRE BY NIGHT
©2022 Julie-Anne Rogers
Statement: During the 2019/20 bushfires in Australia I was still commuting each day to my day job. During the day the view from my train was simply orange. I couldn't see much else. During my evening commute the winds picked up and I could see the river and burnt flying embers.
©2022 Barbara Weeks
Statement: A Wander out Yonder to explore this ancient landscape. While wild storms reek havoc on the man-made structures, extraordinary geological forms and impressive gorges remain to create a sense of wonder in the viewer. Time stands still as you reflect. A breathtaking beauty that invites a response.
IT'S ALL A BLUR
©2022 Fiona Gavens
Brunswick West, Victoria
Low Tide Lake Eraring (day)
@2022 Judy Hooworth
Statement: Drying seaweed (wrack) wraps itself around exposed mangrove roots... creating a rhythmic repetition of line, shape and form...suggesting dancers in tutus...
MELBOURNE IN THE RAIN
©2022 Lorraine Rogers
Statement: I love the luminescent colours reflecting on city streets at night during a heavy rainstorm. Colours mirrored onto nearby wet roads from cars, streetlights & shopfront windows. People scurrying along under their umbrellas trying to escape the downpour as water gushes along the gutters disappearing down into city drains.
©2022 Brenda Wood
Statement: The colours of the mahi-mahi are fluid. They change with vibrant greens, iridescent blues, shiny silvers and of course vibrant yellows, as they get excited due to chromatophores connected to their nervous system. And as they pass these colours fade to soft grey. Often known as 'Dorado', Spanish for gold.
©2022 Suzanne Lyle
©2022 Linden Lancaster
Statement: The gold-dust wattle is a favourite of mine. It survives the harshest conditions and explodes into luminous masses of yellow in early spring.
Statement: Australia’s non–deciduous trees mainly eucalyptus, drop their leaves throughout the year much to the annoyance of tidy gardeners and pool owners. The leaves often lay in a thick carpet around the base of these trees, home to a multitude of bugs and spiders.
©2022 Lisa Walton
Statement: Always fascinated by the internal structures of animate and inanimate objects. Such complicated forms often house simple external shapes. Nautilus shells are fascinating and make me wonder how something can live inside all those crevices.
©2022 Rebecca Wolske
Statement: A simple leaf, look closer! Under the microscope it looks so different, Nothing like the leaf we see with our naked eye, individual cells, almost like a bee hive, it seems almost from another world.
BRIGHT & FROZEN WITH TINO ON THE RADIO
©2022 Lynne Hargreaves
Statement: An early start, listening to garden guru Tino Carnevale on the car radio I was enchanted by the morning, the brilliance of colour belying the cold of the frozen fields which the sun had yet to touch. The work is a miniature study of ideas and impressions from that morning.
©2022 Suzanne Gummow
West Croyden SA
Statement: Bold, bright and vintage.
Canopy 21- The Burn
© 2022 Anna Brown
Statement: Australian eco-systems are threated by climate change. We must act now.
©2022 Ruth de Vos
Mt Nasura WA
SABI; EUCALPTUS LITTER FALL
© 2022 Julie Haddrick
Statement: The ‘sabi’; things fallen, consume my attention as I walk; delighting in litter-fall. Fresh, undecomposed plant debris protects the topsoil; and encourages beneficial microorganisms. Of 700 species of eucalyptus native to Australia, each has a different seed pod. This flowering gum species provides artistic structure, forms and defining negative space.
©2022 Vanessa Newton-Brown
Statement: Scarab beetles are the ancient Egyptian symbols for the cycle of life, regeneration and hope. The natural world of beetles with their striking patterns and colour combinations provides endless inspiration for my work. I am not attempting to represent anatomically accurate beetles but rather my interpretation of these creatures.
©2022 Rachel Ratten
Timaru, New Zealand
Statement: This piece is from an ongoing series that explores abstraction, a theme that has having evolved from spontaneous mark-making.
©2022 Linda Steele
Park Orchards, Victoria
©2022 Brenda Gael Smith
Statement: In my neighbourhood, the arrival of spring is heralded by a ruby cascade of bottlebrush in full bloom.
DOWN THE RIVER 3
©2022 Tania Tanti
Altona Meadows, Victoria
Statement:The water calms, the flora and fauna brighten your day. The swirl of the water helps find resolution. Take a stroll along the river and breath.
© 2022 Susan Mathews
Ocean Grove, Victoria
Statement: From a series of lino prints on fabric which grew from gathering drawings for the design from my many sketchbooks of Australian plants that I have created over the years.
©2022 Irene Koroluk
Statement: Seabed is inspired by the diverse and colourful soft corals found in Australia's coastal waters.
© 2022 Zara Zannettino
Statement: Zebra finch thrive in Australia’s sunburnt arid centre and every individual is unique in its markings. When united in a flock, they are stronger together.
©2022 Prue Wheal
Adelaide, South Australia
Statement: The rhythms and patterns in both land and city scapes played part in this abstract composition. Quilting was kept to a minimum to emphasise the composition.
AWAY FROM HOME
©2022 Carolyn Sullivan
Statement: Indian decorative arts are such an inspiration.
STUDY IN GREEN
©2022 Cathy Jack Coupland
Breakfast Point NSW
Statement: An expressive colour linking life with the natural, verdant world, rampant with thriving, prolific, lush greens.
Exhibition Tour Program
The exhibition will tour around Australia until August 2024 including the following venues:
- Warwick Art Gallery, Warwick, Queensland 14 July – 27 August 2022
- Dysart Art Space, Dysart, Queensland 10 October – 12 December 2022
- Naracoorte Art Gallery, South Australia 9 January – 25 February 2023
- World Theatre, Charters Towers, Queensland 1 – 30 April 2023
- Joel Gallery, Altona, Victoria 13-25 May 2023
- Kyabram Town Hall, Kyabram, Victoria 16 June – 31 July 2023
- Cannery Arts Centre, West Australia 29 August – 3 October 2023
Please direct exhibition inquiries to: AW8@ozquiltnetwork.org.au
Australia Wide Eight Selection Panel
Lisa Walton is a textile artist who started with traditional quilt techniques but quickly developed the urge to break the rules. She creates her own fabrics for her artwork which she exhibits worldwide. Lisa is a past president of Studio Art Quilt Associates in the USA.
Cathy Jack Coupland is a textile artist whose work has evolved from using traditional quilt and embroidery techniques to creating fully machine stitched works covering the entire surface. Cathy won the Ozquilt Network Award of Excellence in Art Quilt Australia 2021.
Sophie O’Brien is Head of Curatorial & Learning for the new Bundanon Art Museum near Nowra NSW. She oversees a diverse range of the arts and artists through Bundanon’s residential program which is open to all Australian artists.