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Artists unite to highlight natural elements

 Artists Sue Grey-Smith and Patricia Hines are preparing to launch new exhibition Site Lines at CASM.

Artists Sue Grey-Smith and Patricia Hines are preparing to launch new exhibition Site Lines at CASM.

Elements of canvas, clay, paper and perspex will come together when Western Australian artists Sue Briggs, Sue Grey-Smith and Patricia Hines present their joint exhibition Site Lines at Contemporary Art Space Mandurah (CASM).

Site Lines will be officially launched and opened at CASM at 2pm on September 6, with a free artist talk on September 13 at 2pm.

Grey-Smith and Hines are local to the Peel region, and

Briggs has recently moved from Perth to pursue her career in Margaret River. Each artist possesses a great affinity with the natural elements, which is evident in their separate bodies of work and chosen mediums. Briggs’ works reflect on the equal opposites of the natural environment that we encounter in our everyday lives - light and shadow, sunshine and shade.

“Our moods can be deeply influenced by their transition between this broad spectrum, so perhaps it's not surprising that we can project and reflect thoughts and feelings into the environment around us, whether it be city or open countryside,” Briggs said.

Paralleling her own personal uncertainty of moving physically and mentally from the city to the country, Briggs’ works mark the beginning of a new phase in her life towards understanding transition itself.

Hines has also found herself in the middle of a regional move. A ceramicist and printmaker, her work relates directly to the influences of her immediate natural environment absorbed through her countryside rambles. “Thematically I relate to my hills landscape, farmland, forest, rocks, trees, fungi and lichen and fauna,” Hines said.

Furthering her exploration of ceramic 2D and 3D works, Hines continues to relate her print history using colour, texture and pattern into and onto these new works, intimately connecting the mediums of clay and print.

Grey-Smith’s new works also draw upon personal travel. Using discarded maps of the north-west of Western Australia, she combines the depiction of the land in the maps with the colours and textures of the actual landscape.

“I am interested in the semiotic marks or sign-systems used in these maps as they are quite particular to the art of cartography - specific symbols are used to indicate scrub, breakaways, vegetation and so on,” Grey-Smith said.

Site Lines will be officially launched by Dr Ann Schilo, Coordinator of Postgraduate Studies at the School of Design and Art Faculty of Humanities. The exhibition will run until Sunday, September 27.

CASM is at 63 Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm - 4pm and Thursdays from 12pm – 5pm. Call 9550 3989 during office hours or go to www.artspacesmandurah.com.au for more information. 

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