For many people 2020 has been a year of reflection, and for the Gin Gin Fine Arts Group that reflection has led to the ‘Stripping Back the Layers’ and ‘Connections’ exhibition.
Both exhibitions will feature at the Gin Gin Regional Courthouse Gallery from 7 November to 2 December.
President of Gin Gin Fine Arts Group and Gallery Manager Sue Robinson said the ‘Stripping Back The Layers’ examined the formation of one’s life and the revealing layers lead into the ability to ‘Connect’ with the inner self.
She said that connecting with one’s inner self which was particularly poignant during COVID.
“Realistically during this time, COVID has given the perfect opportunity to look deeper into our lives and what we do and what we’ve gone through in life,” Sue said.
Sue said that the theme for the exhibition was set in August 2019, and created discussion among the group, which made members look inside and outside their perceptions
She said the display exhibition mirrors each artist’s lives and loves and that artists had plenty of time for reflection during COVID restriction wherein everyone had to work in their own little bubble.
“We had to close the gallery to start with and we haven’t been able to have normal meetings and hardly any workshops,” Sue said.
“Because you’re not allowed to meet in groups our artists have had to look at what they’re doing in their own lives and this has been perfect atmosphere to look at stripping back the layers and what we’ve done in our lives.”
Sue said that the COVID bubble had led to some exciting and interesting artwork.
“I'm really excited for this exhibition for the simple reason that each individual has done a lot of the work on their own, so it will be interesting to see everyone’s work,” Sue said.
“There's been very little interference from others, in that each artist has had to go through developing their own idea on their art, whereas when you’re in a group you can get input from other people before you develop something.”
“This will be a really good one.”
The official opening for the exhibition will be held on 7 November at 2pm.
Admission to the gallery is free.