Stephanie Simko and Mandy Hillson, two south-coast artists, will be exhibiting their mixed media artworks at Spiral Gallery, Bega from Friday 21 October to Sunday 9 November.
The exhibition ‘Intertidal’, contemplates the ever-changing rhythms of nature and the ebb and flow of life.
The opening will be on Friday 21 October at 5pm, by Indira Carmichael, Coordinator Arts and Culture, Eurobodalla Shire Council.
In her body of work, Steph says that she has taken her daily coastal walks to ponder and explore the patterns and rhythms of the intertidal zone, the ebb and flow of the tide and its ever-changing mark on the shoreline.
With her interest in the juxtaposition of form, light, colour and space, Steph has used different mediums to express her findings; textiles, felt, stitch, paint and found elements which are used to help create the story in both 2D and sculptural forms.
Through her hand made paper artwork, Mandy explores what ‘sense of place’ means to her. She often harvests local plants, particularly Lomandra grass which grows along her walking track to the beach. She then cuts and cooks the leaves to make paper pulp and sometimes dyes it. She prints images onto the paper, hand colours or adds inclusions to reveal the story intrinsic to that place.
Mandy says that she feels at home living in her coastal village of Broulee. There she likes to observe her own ebb and flow and that of the tides, all of which leave their marks embedded within her and on her handmade paper.
Both Steph and Mandy are active members of Eurobodalla Fibre and Textile Artists’ Group and exhibit regularly.
47 Church St, Bega
Mon-Fri 10am to 4pm
Sat 10am to 1pm