Artists reunite for third Breathing Space exhibition

Breathing Space art
Six Wide Bay artist will reunite and exhibit together for the third instalment of Breathing Space in Brisbane next week. Photo: Studio Shelf with Roses by artist Jennifer McDuff.

Six Wide Bay artists have reunited to exhibit together for the third instalment of Breathing Space in Brisbane.

Bundaberg artist Jennifer McDuff said the first Breathing Space exhibition was held in 2016 when Bundaberg artist Christine Turner invited five artists from the Wide Bay Region to exhibit alongside her in a city-based gallery space – Graydons Gallery in Brisbane.

For just over a week, the Graydon Gallery has been transformed for Breathing Space 3, with five of the original artists, Christine Turner, Trevor Spohr, Jennifer McDuff, Catherine McCue Boes and Susan Hutton plus the addition of artist Wilhelmus Breikers.

Jennifer said the exhibition had a variety of mediums including painting, drawings, prints and encaustics, and all would allow the viewer to immerse their thoughts and feelings into the art space.

“Breathing Space is the time you allow yourself to think, to regroup, to reflect on ideas,” Jennifer said.

“It is also the space where you can make mistakes and from this, learn to assimilate ideas or discard them.

“Nothing is more important to an artist than this time” 

Jennifer said all the artists were known to each other, but their artwork was very different and showed individualism.

Breathing Space artists delve in to artwork

Susan is a Cordalba-based artist and said this year for Breathing Space she’ll be showing digital drawings created on her iPad and printed on rag paper with archival inks.

“I call them my stream of consciousness drawings, I never know where the line will lead me when I begin,” she said.

“Also, some small encaustics wax paintings, I enjoy the multitude of techniques you can experiment with on the wax surface.”

Catherine lives at Sharon, and will be exhibiting her ongoing project of images inspired by women, dead and or living who have contributed in some way to the world she lives in.

“The works have been produced using wood lithography, ‘Mokulito’ this is a medium used by Japanese artists,” Catherine said. 

“For some time, I have been experimenting with this fascinating medium and find it conveys my intentions as a printmaker and book artist extremely well.”

Breathing Space 3 will be on show at Graydon Gallery, 29 Merthyr Road, New Farm, between 13 to 23 November from 10am daily.

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