Hawkesbury Art Prize Finalist
I am delighted to be included as one of 40 finalists in the Hawkesbury Art Prize. Award Night and exhibition opening is Saturday 14th September 6pm - 8pm.
Exhibition continues until October 6th.
Night Light, oil on polyester, 52 x 41cm
Room to See
ROOM TO SEE is an upcoming exhibition that celebrates the meditative moments and the pauses in life. Seemingly inconsequential glimpses of nature are the inspiration for this body of work, these small familiar moments that together make up the whole. The ‘mind space’ a road trip affords, for gazing at, and seeing things anew, a beautiful view glimpsed from a window, the night sky or a brilliant autumnal sky admired on a walk. All these and more are the small moments that inspire me, and which I have recorded in paint.
“There is some kind of magic in these works. There is something subtle that strikes me below the radar and evokes memories and moments I’d forgotten I ever had. Melinda’s images capture what she calls the ‘seemingly inconsequential glimpses of nature’ that the periphery of our consciousness takes brief note of, but that we rarely stop to capture or contemplate.
These paintings arrest scraps of observation like that split second of light where evening sky reflects on still water in a particular way, or the momentary glance from a car window, or a segment of panoramic landscape from a certain angle as you speed along an open highway. These glimpses are intensely familiar at the same time as reminding us that we don’t always appreciate the potential of fleeting moments, but instead allow them to pass with barely a thought.
It seems to me this exhibition encapsulates the idea of the ‘aesthetic gaze’ in a way that can be universally grasped: everyone knows, everyone recognises the way a landscape slides past the car window; we all have felt a tiny thrill of anticipation and discovery as we approach the crest of a hill. This collection of works reminds us how to see the world as a continuous source of moments that can be captured simply by noticing them, savouring them, taking a moment to capture them more consciously in our memories.
A life filled with small moments of beauty and wonder is a rich life, and I’d like to congratulate Melinda on how she has managed to capture this sense of fleeting beauty in everyday moments and events, and for reminding us of what we may be missing in our everyday lives.”
The Peisley Street Gallery, Orange
54 Paisley St, Orange NSW 2800
10 June - 7 July
Opening Night 6-8pm Thursday 13 June
Some of my paintings inspired by my recent residency in Eygalières will be showing in Provence for ‘Connexions Silencieuses’.
Art Month Event
Forest Bathing, Guided Meditation
RELAX, RESTORE, RECONNECT
Experience the healing power of nature in a beautiful leafy urban sanctuary at Saint cloche Gallery. Relax, restore, reconnect with Melissa Turnock, a yoga, Pilates and Meditation Teacher, a TRE therapist and a energy and soul medicine practitioner.
In the spirit of ‘Forest Bathing’ participants will be lead through a beautiful practice to still the mind, centre the body and reconnect to present sensations. Through gentle relaxation, breathwork and visualisations ‘Forest Bathers’ will be then guided through a ‘virtual’ forest meditation.
Relaxed and in a new state of mind, participants can soak in the woodland atmosphere of ‘Forest Bathing’ by emerging artist Melinda Marshman, whilst sipping the purity of Botanical Signature's herbal teas. Bringing the natural world to Paddington, Melinda Marshman depicts the calming energy of forests in her latest body of work inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku.
Participants should wear loose comfortable clothing, yoga mats provided, or bring your own.
Spaces are limited. To secure a spot, please contact the gallery via email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Forest Bathing, Solo Exhibition, Saint Cloche, March 6 - 17
Opening Night , March 7, 6-8pm
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JACQUI TURK
Following on from her successful 2018 exhibition at Saint Cloche ‘ROAD TRIP’, this new body of work is inspired by the concept of Shinrin-Yoku, or ‘Forest Bathing’ applying the concept to the Australian Bush.
“I wanted to invoke the sensation of forest bathing applied to the local landscape. Making studies for this painting en plein air became a mindful practice and revealed layers, colours and beauty not previously seen. It was medicine received, looking and listening with imagination. These works are landscapes of the imagination but inspired by the light and geometry of the landscape – be it Australia or the collective. I am seeking a universal language that speaks of the Australian Landscape.”
Pink is a reddish hue that lies between the pure neutrality of white and the energy and passion of red. Pink is sensual. Pink can be mischievous. Nostalgic. Delicate or punk-rock. It is colour of girls. The lips and the tongue. Flesh and flower. The glutton. The colour of the blush on the skin and the sky at dawn.
From pretty to gritty: seven artists celebrate the complex, contradictory and implicit power behind the colour pink. In Kirsten Drewes’ felted soft sculptures, Jan Handel’s interplay of colour and form, Emma Kirby’s material alchemy, Michelle Le Dain’s playful photo montages, Melinda Marshman’s spare and reductive paintings, Elizabeth Rankin’s darkly romantic drawings and Helen Redmond’s architectural spaces, implications and interpretations are extracted and distilled from the spectrum’s most enigmatic pastel. The artworks within the space can be read both separately and as one diverse installation. A conversation with a colour.
Finalist, Little Things Art Prize, Saint Cloche, August 29 - September 9 2018
Little Things Art Prize was founded by Marnie Ross in 2015. Artists are invited to submit creative expressions of the ‘Little Things’ that make them happy or feel grateful. The science of Positive Psychology emphasises the benefits such focusing of our attention contributes to our health and happiness. As well as inspiring community creative engagement, the resulting finalists exhibition is a celebration of the artwork displayed and a shared positive experience.
The Finalist exhibition is held at Saint Cloche Gallery in Paddington, Sydney.
Little Things Art Prize 2018 is supported through the Woollahra Council Community & Cultural Grants program.
Finalist, Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize, June 16 - 24 2018
Art Prize Theme, Resilience
Gum Forest Walk (available)
“Between every two pine trees is a doorway leading to another life”.
This quote from naturalist John Muir, illuminates the philosophy behind the Japanese practice of Shinrin- Yoku or ‘Forest Bathing’. This is the medicine received by simply ‘being’ in the forest. The practice requires a mindful presence with nature. Living in the now is the natural state of nature, teaching us to react only to ‘what is’ – not what might be or once was. Resilience requires patience, tenacity and above all being present, nature embodies these qualities and so is a source of nourishment, empowerment and wisdom.
Inspired by the concept of Shinrin - Yoku I wanted to invoke the sensation of forest bathing but applied to the Australian bush. The Australian gum tree is very well adapted to weathering the harsh environment it inhabits. Through seasons of drought or bushfire, the bush is in a constant state of renewal and adaptation.
Making studies for this painting en plien air became a mindful practice and revealed layers, colours and beauty not previously seen. Medicine received.
220 Creative, Pink, Group Exhibition, October 18 - 28 2018 More Info
Saint Cloche, Road Trip, Solo Exhibition, January 24 - February 7 2018 More Info
Robin Gibson Gallery, Tondo, Group Exhibition, 9 -23 December 2017 More Info
Southern Buoy Studios, Summer Smalls Exhibition, Group Exhibition, Opening 8th December 2017 More Info
Wide Open Road Art, Street Trees, Solo Exhibition, October 29 - December 7 2017 More Info
Robin Gibson Gallery, Nearly Always Looking Up, Solo Exhibition, October 11 - November 2 2016
Barometer Gallery, White, Group Exhibition, 7 - 18 September 2016
Robin Gibson Gallery, Well Red, Group Exhibition, 2015