Anita Iacovella / Melissa Smith
Oct 14 10:00 am–Nov 8 4:00 pm
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Exhibition dates: Oct 14 – Nov 8, 2021
Official opening with David: Sun Oct 17 from 2pm – 4pm
Tissue paper-like layers of colour and fine, thread-like lines characterise the works of printmaker Melissa Smith. Her interest in the shifts in landscape due to climatic changes are embodied in how she composes her work. Shapes, colours and lines overlap almost tectonically, creating beautifully balanced visual explorations of the evolution of the natural world.
Anita Iacovella’s cloud series similarly delves into an exploration of the internal and external spaces within the environment and nature. Iacovella’s compositions also embody a sense of shifting and movement. However, this time, the activity is one of looking upward. A more ethereal, less grounded motion not unlike that of clouds moving through the sky – drifting in front of and behind one another – other times standing altogether alone.
This exhibition brings land and sky, earth and air together to tell an insightful narrative of the elements and the current state of our world that is at once bold and delicate.
Melissa Smith is a Tasmanian based artist who works primarily with print. She utilises traditional and new technologies to both explore and raise questions around the future balance of our landscape. She is drawn to remote places, which provide quietness and a sense of hope within our ever-changing world. Melissa has been a finalist in major art prizes, and her work is represented in public and private collections in Australia and overseas including the National Gallery of Australia and several regional galleries in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. She currently lives in Launceston where, in addition to her arts practice, she is a Roving Curator and Program Officer for Public Art with Arts Tasmania.
Anita Iacovella is an artist and visual arts educator who specialises in monotype and mix-media drawing processes. Her latest body of work examines the cloud metaphor, as a symbol of impermanence within light and space. Anita’s works are held in several public and private collections both in Australia and overseas in Italy, Japan and the USA. She has been a finalist in major art prizes such as Rick Amor drawing prize, Geelong Acquisitive print award, Fremantle and Gippsland print awards. Anita currently works from her home studio in Geelong and lectures in printmaking and drawing at The Gordon TAFE.