LISMORE SHOW 2017
19 – 21 October

Grand Champion
TURSA Art Prize

 

Heritage
pastel on paper – original – prints also available

Like much of my work, Heritage is inspired by my displaced childhood, from the time my mother and I escaped Russia-invaded Prague in 1969, to our relocation in Australia. The painting captures a young girl coming to terms with this transition. It is heavy with personal experience, yet touches on wider feelings associated with the migrant journey – cultural dislocation, loss of tradition, and the attempt to flourish in a new country.

Essentially, the girl is undergoing a personal and cultural reconstruction. This idea is primarily explored through one of the oldest Slavic traditions – a head wreath. Made from grass and flowers, it signifies purity and maiden youth, while the red ribbon captures truth and sincerity. In Heritage, eucalyptus leaves have replaced traditional flowers, while an eastern rosella mirrors the colouring of Slavic ribbons. In Dreamtime stories, this bird is named as one of the first to have sung in Australia. In a way it blesses the girl, invites her into a new world, and gives her the strength to begin again.

Heritage simultaneously celebrates and questions the power of tradition. It is about accepting what fades, understanding what remains, and discovering new ways to live and flourish. While it explores one of millions of migrant stories in Australia, its intention is to speak to many of them.

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2016

Sanctuary – Northern Rivers Community Gallery Ballina NSW

2014

Parade – Northern Rivers Community Gallery Ballina NSW
Animalia – Northern Rivers Community Gallery Ballina NSW

2013

Wild Interiors – Tweed River Regional Art Gallery Murwillumbah NSW

2012

Short and Sweet – Deann Muir Gallery Rockhampton QLD
Short and Sweet – Northern Rivers Community Gallery Ballina NSW

2011

Wild Interiors – Redland Art Gallery Capalaba QLD
Telling Tales – Gympie Regional Gallery QLD

2010

It is not common for hens to have pillows – Grafton Regional Gallery NSW

2009

RED – Barratt Galleries Alstonville NSW

2007

Pearls of Wisdom – Tweed River Regional Art Gallery Murwillumbah NSW
Lismore Regional Art Gallery for the Latte Trail

2004

Heart of the Matter – Kolinda Gallery Alstonville NSW
KATKA Drawings – Jasper Gallery Federal NSW

2003

A Collection of Paintings and Drawings – Jasper Gallery Federal NSW