Last month in March I participated in another RAW group exhibition, but this time it was for the Norther Rivers showcase in Lennox head!
“New year, new me” as the saying goes – and I guess that’s been the case for me this year (so far) as I’ve I decided to focus all my time and energy (and funds!) into really exploring my new found love for mixed media works. And what better way to do so but with a good old fashioned group art exhibition!
RAW does this awesome thing where once you’ve exhibited in your home town and sold the required amount of tickets, you can travel to anywhere in the world and participate in any other showcases without needing to sell the required ticket amouont. So I took this great opportunity and signed up for upcoming exhibitions in NSW and VIC, and was lucky enough to be accepted for the Northern Rivers show on 15th March!
In the time leading up to the show, I worked hard on finishing a whole bunch of new pieces that had been floating around my head for a while, and finally got to use up a bunch of picture frames that I had been collecting from op shops and antique stores. During this process, I came to realise that this type of work is really like putting together puzzle pieces. Sometimes it starts with the frame first, deciding what image suits it, then once printed, figuring out a collection and design of flowers to be glued on top. A lot of the time, the floral arrangements have quite a bit of layering, so figuring out how to glue these down and keep the same arrangement is a puzzle in itself!
Since I use only second hand, antique and vintage picture frames, a lot of them do not have glass when I buy them, so that was another step in finishing each piece was to ensure they all had glass and nicely sealed backings and fixtures to be able to hang them (special thanks to hubby for helping me do that part! I already sliced my finger open on a sheet of glass once, and wasn’t trusted to cut or clean glass again!). My favourite part of putting together my showcase was figuring out the display and how to theme my space accordingly. Since all my pieces are eclectic and a mish-mash of shapes and sizes, I wanted the space to look like someone’s home adorned with treasured memories, so I sourced second hand fabric as my backdrop to look like printed wall paper, added in some furnishings from home (lamp, table, stand and vase) and ta-da! Showcase ready to go.
My cow skull piece was the most popular one of the night, receiving so many compliments and comments! I’ve decided to keep it for now, rather than sell it, because I don’t actually have many of my own works at home and I’m really proud of this one. The cow skull was found (naturally deceased) on my parent’s property – my husband and I decided to take it home for decoration and I quickly became inspired to photograph it and create floral horns for it.
During the exhibition, each artist has the option to go on stage to introduce themselves and talk a little bit about their work. I wasn’t quite prepared for this part, but I got up anyway, and briefly explained why I like to use second hand frames and why I love to produce my nature inspired work.
Overall, I had a great night – I sold a few original works and prints, met other artists and made some new friends. I found the quality of interaction with viewers really great – I think the art community in Northern NSW has a lot of respect and I felt very encouraged and inspired to do more events like this one!
Thanks for reading!