Sea Scrolls @Art Systems Wickham

I have been a little busy recently juggling a couple of projects at the same time…. apologies for the delay to post the recent work projects.

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Installation view of work at Art Systems Wickham

 

I am happy to announce that I have begun new work… well prototypes really for possible new work and have been developing new ways to create works.

Artist statement for the exhibition at Art Systems Wickham is written below.  Sea scrolls was an exhibition conceived by the Newcastle Printmakers workshop exhibition committee to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Print Council of Australia.

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Passage series: Sarah’s journey 2106

 

Passage series 2016 by Linda Swinfield is a suite of print objects that uses photographic images and printmaking to construct visual stories.

Swinfield’s studio practices research family, site, memory and social histories. Swinfield constructs narratives by collaging together collections of related factual, historic documents, social information and oral histories.

In this new suite of works she has turned her attention to her first fleet ancestor convict Sarah Mason who was transported on the Bellona and her daughter Eleanor Meredith. The work uses early photographs of Eleanor as a symbol of women’s struggles during this era, both physical and emotional.

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Passage series: mother and daughters journey 2016

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Sculpture in the vineyards 2016

Digging the clays has been installed at Undercliff Winery in the lead up to Sculpture in the Vineyards opening on Saturday 29th October.

http://www.undercliff.com.au/

This projects was initially conceived at the end of Swinfields residency in Ashfield NSW, at Thirning Villa  at the beginning of 2015.  The work was born out of a discussion with Helen Dunkerley and exhibited at Rookwood Cemetery  in the same year for Hidden Sculpture walk. The collaboration will be exhibited at Undercliff Winery until December.

http://www.hiddeninrookwood.com.au/hidden-exhibition-2015/artists

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A reprinted tile of Hannah Sophia Mead… ready for SITV.

 

We are really happy to find out that the works are being installed close to the site of a 19th Century brick pit in Wollembi NSW. The Mead family who the works were inspired by would happy to know they are honoring the history of the area.

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Installation wall at Curve gallery in July 2016

Whilst Helen is currently away overseas I would like to publicly acknowledge the assistance and advice of many helpers… particularly  Kara Wood Ceramics who re-fired the tiles and Caroline Hale for assistance with transportation, underglaze rescue and installation assistance and advice. and of course my son who earned extra pocket money for helping!

Digging the clays: seeking family is a collaboration that commenced whilst Linda Swinfield was Artist in Residence with Ashfield Council between January and April in 2015.

Born out of a conversation that took place at the residency site with Helen Dunkerley this work investigates the importance of the Ashfield shale clay and its history within this area. Swinfield spent her time in residence at Thirning Villa researching her familial history and brickmaking history connected to this area.

This collaboration utilises both artists’ practices and incorporates both Swinfield’s printmaking skills and Dunkerleys ceramic knowledge.

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Swinfield is connected with the Mead family who were local brick makers. They lived and worked along the strip of land now known as The Cadigal Reserve area. They lived near The Iron cove creek that runs through Sydney’s inner western suburbs between Haberfield and Summer Hill.

Digging the clays incorporates recent imagery that Swinfield gathered whilst in residence including the motif from her Bridge series 2015. This abstract structure is an emblematic reference to the truss bridge, circa 1880 that straddles the area that once was the home and work site of her family who made bricks to build the domestic dwellings of Sydney’s fledgling suburbs during the 19th century.

 

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Trying out different layouts for SITV

This site specific work additionally contains layers of Helen Dunkerleys knowledge regarding materiality surrounding clay and brickmaking history; this is referenced within the surface, its layers and inherent site related material.

 

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Landlines 2016: a postscript

A BIG thank you to Lisa and Wayne Heaton, of Curve Gallery in Newcastle NSW for including my work and a second airing of Digging the clays: seeking family, the collaboration made with ceramic artist Helen Dunkerley exhibited in Hidden 2015 into this curated exhibition in July.

This exhibition also included the work of emerging clay artist Holly McDonald and Catherine Hickson as well as the work of Hunter based Helen Dunkerley.

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This Pop up house forms series was commenced whilst in residence at Ashfield in 2015. The images were a response to roof lines around the residency and about being an artist, travelling and folding up our lives to develop our practice.

They are created with layers of monoprinting techniques and drawing.

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Digging the clays: seeking family is a collaboration that commenced whilst Linda Swinfield was Artist in Residence with Ashfield Council between January and April in 2015.

This site specific work additionally contains layers of Helen Dunkerleys knowledge regarding materiality surrounding clay and brickmaking history; this is referenced within the surface, its layers and inherent site related material.

Born out of a conversation that took place at the residency site with Helen Dunkerley this work investigates the importance of the Ashfield shale clay and its history within this area. Swinfield spent her time in residence at Thirning Villa researching her familial history and brickmaking history connected to this area.

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Final images of the 70 + tiles- Digging the clays: seeking family 2015.  Including images of familial text screen printed, monoprinted and stenciled onto clay with Helen Dunkerley for Hidden 2015.

 

This collaboration utilised both artists’ practices and incorporates both Swinfield’s printmaking skills and Dunkerleys ceramic knowledge.

Swinfield is connected with the Mead family who were local brick makers. They lived and worked along the strip of land now known as The Cadigal Reserve area. They lived near The Iron cove creek that runs through Sydney’s inner western suburbs between Haberfield and Summer Hill.

 She came from Floods bush another series that was commenced at the residency in Ashfield.  Where Swinfield realised that the Cadigal reserve was originally called Floods Bush as inscribed on her great grandmothers birth certificate in the 19th century.

This newer body of works incorporates an abstract structure is an emblematic reference to the truss bridge, circa 1880 that straddles The Cadigal reserve. Once the home and work site of her family who made bricks to build the domestic dwellings of Sydney’s fledgling suburbs during the 19th century.

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Landlines: Curve Gallery 2016

I am very pleased that the work produced over the past 12 months, commenced whilst I was artist in residence at Ashfield between January and April last year will be in a group exhibition at Curve Gallery Newcastle next month.

The exhibition will include the collaboration from last years Hidden install at Rookwood Cemetery with Helen Dunkerley Digging the Clays: seeking family, my own screen prints and drawings on paper.

Opening on July 8th at 6pm.

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Iron cove creek series ( working title) Postcard size.

 

 

 

 

 

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Doing it for our kids: School fundraiser

In the lead up to the 125th Anniversary at my sons school in April, I volunteered to screen print make T shirts and tote bags that could be sold to raise money for the P and C.

I wish to thank artist and designer Joh Waller for volunteering her time and expertise to get the dot screen right and printmaking awesomeness !!!

Also a HUGE thanks to all the  fabulous selfless staff and community participants at Awaba Public School who worked through their holidays to get it all done!

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Womens Art Prize 2016

I am pleased to announce that my work Plunder series: Southern’s beekeeper ( mirrored) 2016 has been selected for inclusion in the annual Womens Art Prize. The work is on exhibition at See Street Gallery, Meadowbank Campus of The Northern Sydney Institute – part of TAFE NSW, See Street, Meadowbank. All artworks selected for the exhibition must remain on display until 4 pm of 2 July.

The gallery hours are from 11 am to 4 pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

Plunder series 2013-2016 is a playful, yet serious group of print based images and objects using art historical imagery as a starting point plundered from art history. After leaving her teaching job in 2013 Swinfield started the series and it has become an ongoing one.

The images chosen for this series represent images of women and girls from art history. Favourite artworks and key images and objects have been selected to represent often abstract and complex narratives including memory, place and identity.

Whilst in residence at Laughing Waters Road in 2013, Swinfield researched and commenced a group of Australian works with local significance. This group of images included Clara Southern’s Bee keeper, circa 1900, painted in at Warrandyte.

Plunder series: Southern’s beekeeper 1 (mirrored), 2016 contains images of the landscape itself around Laughing Waters Road.

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Plunder series: Southern’s beekeeper 1 ( mirrored) 2016, Photo lithography and monoprinting with gesso, charcoal and book binding glue on Stonehenge papers.

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Radio Interview 2015- 2RDJ

This is more overdue unfinished blogging! It has taken me a while to grasp the technology… but here we are! As lightly nervous interview at the start of my residency at Thirning Villa in Ashfield 2015.

Radio Interview with the lovely Maris Rea at Radio RDJ in Burwood 2015

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Seeking family series: Georgian house and Cadigal Reserve 2015

 

 

 

 

 

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