In July 2012 Suzanne Archer, Hanna Kay and Sarah Tomasetti were invited to exhibit their artworks in Beijing. They travelled to China for the opening of the exhibition, and used the opportunity to visit other regions, such as Xian and Guilin. The trip made a strong impression; so much so that the initial inspiration and strong desire to create artworks has been consolidated into their plans for an exhibition that will convey their journey. The artworks, under the title - Three Women Went to China..., are scheduled to be exhibited in 2015 in Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery, and from there to tour in Australia and possibly China.
Three Women Went to China...(part 1) is a conversation between the three artists, that took place in January 2013. The conversation discusses their expectations and actual experiences in the regions that they travelled, intersected by photographs they took while on the road. Before commencing work for the exhibition each of the artists plans to return to China to investigate areas relevant to their artworks.
Three Women Went to China...(part 2) will document the process of making the artworks for the exhibition.
This is Hanna Kay's fourth show with Janet Clayton Gallery. In her new series of work, natural phenomena is transformed into the surreal, as unseen forces will the organic and inanimate, in defiance of gravity.
Kay says that her work is an observation of humanity in nature. "Powered by the colours, shapes and light of the landscape, I create new spaces in which to explore and express my perception of the values and possibilities of life as a whole."
Kay's dynamic representations explore aspects of creation that are fragile and soothing, yet forceful and strong. Her fine brushstrokes conjure a breeze fondling its way through the reeds; or the moment of impact - an explosion of rock in all its power and glory, its subtlety and extremes. Just as the earth is in a constant state of movement, flux and change, so too does Hanna Kay's work evokes a sense of the ephemeral, the fleeting, the mysterious, and therefore, of the beautiful.
Showing at the Janet Clayton Gallery, 2 Danks Street, February 6 to March 2, 2013
Hanna Kay is an Israeli-born artist, who studied art in Vienna, lived a decade in New York, and has been living and exhibiting in Australia since 1989. She has exhibited extensively in the art capitals of Europe and the USA, and her art is to be found in many public and private collections in Australia and around the world.
Circularity is a new body of work from Kay which locates the affective power of pure geometry in occasions that give rise to circularity in the natural world. She considers the implications of these occasions, using different scale and lens against the all-encompassing circularity of weather turning large rocks into smaller stones, into spherical grains destined to become sandstone. The synthesis of natural object and shape in this body of work is a beautiful signification, bringing together the immeasurable and the experiential; exploring the idea of a natural world that does not have one linear temporality, rather a shimmering of layered temporalities articulating constant flux.
Showing at Wilson Street Gallery at Danks, 21 September to 15 October 2011
Turning the Pages is an award winning project where art, science and the local community come together to celebrate the significance of the Pages River within the Upper Hunter Region of NSW. It aims to promote the awareness and appreciation of the geological, biological, historical and cultural importance of the river, by engaging the many small communities nestled in its catchments. The river is not just a major tributary of the Hunter River. It is a waterway of integral importance to future generations.
In the project, which began in 2007 in Murrurundi, writers, sound artists, visual artists, scientists, teachers, and students along with members of the community have come together to conduct integrated arts and natural science workshops. In addition to raising community awareness and educating future generations, the aim is to involve community members in the planning of a river walk along the Pages River in Murrurundi and to contribute suggestions for site-specific interpretative artworks in the setting of the proposed nature walks.