Thursday 4th -Sunday 14th July
Meet the Artist Saturday 6th July 2-4 pm for Champagne and
Artist and Teacher Katherine Ackland takes up residence in Macleay valley.
In one of MVCAG key Exhibitions this year, “Change” Katherine uses the landscape that is the muse at the heart of her work. This exhibition as its title suggests interprets our relationship with rapidly changing landscapes in which we live and work.
Born in Cootamundra Katherine was the daughter of school teachers and often relocated from one town to another. Most Influential to the growth of her powerful connection with the landscape, were her years spent in Broken Hill. At this time,she was experimenting with different ways to represent outback life and environment. Artist Pro Hart lived just around the corner and Tom Offord was a close friend. Holidays were spent in shearers’ quarters in the Flinders Ranges, Leigh Creek, Tibooburra, the Menindee Lakes, White Cliffs and Mootwingee.
Later Katherine studied Art as an exchange student in Lincoln Nebraska taking the opportunity to visit the endowed galleries in New York during holidays. In Europe she sometimes paid her way drawing reproductions on the footpath in Vienna or selling water colours on the steps of the Parthenon.
Kath continued her interest in interpreting her experiences of the natural environment during droughts, working on sheep stations at Girilambone and Coolabah. She watched the goannas, galahs, brolgas and the crows adapt to circumstances. Her ability to catch the essence of the birds developed rapidly. Later living on a vineyard in Griffith she experienced a lush artificial landscape. These experiences are at the core of her work and the seed of her strong connection to the natural world.
The exhibition “Change” includes found object sculptures, Paintings and Drawings, that address in the our ever changing and adapting Natural world.
Katherine’s paintings challenge, with the use of alternative materials but also provide an opportunity to reassess and interpret our relationship and emotions aroused the natural world. Her paintings here often imagined and outlined in situ and exploit her amazing understanding of colour in the landscape, using glowing vibrant blues, purples, olive greens and signature magenta highlights beside vintage fabric and cement. The Sculptures are constructed of fencing wire, fishing line and vintage ceramics and silverware and relics of the past found, left by past generations in the landscape. That address in our ever changing and adapting landscape. www.katherineacklandart.com