Local artist Sylvia Oetjen is showcasing her fluid art technique to the community when she opens her first-ever solo exhibition, Let It Flow, at Gin Gin Regional Courthouse Gallery next month.
Although she has only been involved with fluid art for just over 12 months, Sylvia already has a substantial number of her works featured in private collections.
As an artist she has worked with both oils and acrylics, brush on canvas, clay sculpture, Hebel stone, and now exclusively uses various fluid art techniques to create her original works.
“The limitless colour combinations, variety of techniques and the never-ending wonder of the final creations excites me beyond words, ultimately leaving me with a joyful sense of peace,” she said.
“One can’t ask for more than that from their art.”
Sylvia said fluid art was one of the latest artistic trends but was also one of the most labour-intesive types of art, with an inordinate amount of time and effort being taken up with the preparation process.
“The paint must be mixed with a pouring medium, the choice of which is many and varied depending on the pour technique to be adopted,” she said.
“There are so many pour techniques, and each requires a different paint flowing consistency.
“How dense the pigment is in a particular paint type will determine the amount of pouring medium to be added, and so on- the mind boggles!”
Sylvia said the one outstanding feature about fluid art was that no two works were ever the same, nor was it possible to copy an artwork.
“Each work is a true original and will remain so until the end of time,” she said.
“As with other forms of abstract art, fluid art is not designed to be representational.
“It can best be described, as a marriage of colour and forms which brings a surge of pleasure to the viewer and lives harmoniously within the surrounding décor of its allotted place in one’s life.”
Sylvia said she was excited to showcase her artwork at her Let It Flow exhibition next month.
“I’ll have 63 pieces on show at the exhibition,” she said.
“It is my first solo exhibition and I’m over the moon.
“I was lucky enough to win a Reserve Champion Exhibit ribbon at the Gin Gin Show for my artwork Rock Me Tangerine, so I’m on Cloud 9.”
Let It Flow be open at the Gin Gin Regional Courthouse Gallery, 80a Mulgrave Street until Wednesday, 31 August.