BOOTH D04 8 – 11 September 2022
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Saint Cloche Gallery Paddington is delighted to be exhibiting at Sydney Contemporary 2022 following our successful debut with a sell-out, solo-presentation of popular Australian artist Evi O in 2019.
In presenting ‘Future Nostalgia’ the artists will explore the themes of Nostalgia and Continuum – looking back to look forward.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Nostalgia is the cultural and cognitive phenomenon where common memories become the glue that binds a society together in a shared endeavour.
Looking fondly on certain aspects of the past together, we can hopefully agree on those touchstones of our culture, the very good, the very best, to go forward in a coherent progression of values and elements that will still be intact at both ends of the continuum of life.
Katie Daniels and Bettina Willner’s work draw from nostalgia and memory, while Evi O and Indivi Sutton examine the near future roles and positioning of human in both individual and universal context. This moment in history is both a challenging opportunity and a mighty test; how do we make the deep systemic changes we need to in order to save the future. Both booths will communicate optimism and the continuum of time, pushing the boundaries between art and design. We need nothing short of a total paradigm shift – we simply must do things differently to bring about transformational change and bring everyone along on the journey.
The intrinsic nature of these four women from varied backgrounds will be brought together by Saint Cloche gallery Director and Curator, Kitty Clark, to explore fondly the shared human experience between the past and the present, a hopeful vision of continuum into the future.
Bettina Willner (b. 1969) unites architecture, organic, sculptural structures in the ceramic medium. Characteristics of her sculptural pieces include textural and glistening glazes and gestural hand-building techniques. In 1991, she graduated with a Bachelor of Art at Monash University and has since exhibited in art fairs, commercial galleries across Australia, undertaken an international artists residency and her works have been acquired by a public gallery.
Bettina’s practice is an enquiry into the material form, concepts of nature, architecture and memory. This oeuvre came about after many hours of photographing discoveries in Gunaikurnai country. The sea and the forest are side by side with rock formations and constantly transforming wild vegetation. Life beneath the water continually changes with the tides, revealing a rich source of inspiration: sponges, shells, algae and coral are pulled in by the clear water to lie on the sand, revealing a collage of colours and textures.
Since making this quiet place my part-time home, my work has taken a new course to reflect it.
Evi O (b. 1986 Surabaya, Indonesia) lives in Sydney, is one of the first artists whose work gallery director Kitty Clark showcased at Saint Cloche Gallery and they have evolved together over the years, creatively and professionally – each a muse to the other, deeply influenced by each other’s gifts.
Evi is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary designer and self-taught artist based in Sydney. With a curious eye and mind, she is constantly exploring and observing her surroundings.
Her art practice was initiated by a genuine drive to explore and express human curiosity and ultimately understand and contribute to the world at large. Colour is the cornerstone of Evi O’s practice, and her works are reduced, abstracted, and finely balanced colour works. Running a design practise that exposes her to 3D forms, and spatial design brings a unique dimension to her artworks.
The presentation of her works will be an installation of 3D forms that explores the concept of a modern human’s identity.
Indivi Sutton (b.2000, New York, USA) lives in Sydney. Currently studying Art History and French at Sydney University, Indivi holds a minor in Visual Art from Sydney College of the Arts. Beginning her education at the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City where she was introduced an enchantment to colour and has been the foundation of a deep desire to explore its interpretation and evocativeness in her painting.
Indivi studied with Paton Miller, an American contemporary painter and studied colour theory and painting at Rhode Island School of Design. The tenor of Indivi’s work explores the nuance of emotional interdependence, the relationship between painting and memory.
In this series, Indivi draws on Rudolf Steiner’s viewpoint on Goethe’s Scientific Writings on nature. Delving into the ideology of Goethe, where he writes of a more compassionate and intimate connection to nature. She explores the interpenetration of our consciousness and the world around us.
Melbourne-based artist Katie Daniels (b. 1985) is a luminous contemporary landscape painter with a distinctive colour palette and dreamy aesthetic. With a Bachelor of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong, and a Master of Arts Curatorship from the University of Melbourne, Katie has been a finalist in several art prizes, including the prestigious Wynne prize (2018) and most recently the Calleen Art Award (2021) of which her work ‘Forgive Everything’ has been acquired by Cowra Regional Gallery for their permanent collection.
Katie captures the essence of the Australian landscape, enhanced with an evocative sense of other worldliness.
Katie began ‘The Beloved,’ series of paintings about her most beloved and nostalgic places in nature. The idea of the beloved has been examined deeply as that which is endeared to one over time, via continued exposure, with consistent presence.