- March 20, 2014
A pebble is a rock fragment that is a result from millions of years of abrasion in the sea or rivers. This is erosion at its best. The shape of pebbles is determined by the type of rock, it’s hardness and its breakage pattern. Igneous rocks are more resistant to weathering which produces spherical, super smooth shapes. Softer layered rocks such as slate will produce very flat ovoid shapes. When we hold a pebble we not only experience it’s smooth tactile surface, we are also linked with the earth’s geological processes. Pebbles are reservoirs of history, karma, and energy. It’s hard to stroll on a beach and not pick up pebbles. One of my fav ongoing commissions is to set client’s pebbles into rings. I usually stamp the year and name of the beach it was collected from. It makes a wonderful keepsake. Pebble tools are among the earliest man made artifacts dating from the Palaeolithic period. I collected some beautiful pebbles from the Nepean River in Sydney which became pebble tools. Still one of my favourite artworks. Ten Volcanic Years opens next Friday night.
- November 28, 2013
- November 25, 2013
Silver is a new exhibition at the wonderfully restored Museum of Brisbane. Curated by Jacqueline Armistead, six jewellers have been paired up with six photographers to collaborate on new artworks inspired by Brisbane. I was lucky to be paired up with the talented Michael Cooke (as pictured) I won’t say too much about the show and let the art do the talking. Until 27 April 2014.
First and last images by Museum of Brisbane photographer Chelsea Sipthorp. Museum of Brisbane
- November 19, 2013
- November 5, 2013
The Fashion Archives is an online publication dedicated to Queensland fashion and is created by Madeleine King and Nadia Buick. There is a new issue each fortnight with original and commissioned content from designers, artists, historians and industry leaders – so it’s well worth subscribing to.
The Fashion Archives in house questionnare really had me thinking about what Queensland fashion is and what fashion means to me. An old photo was requested for the questionnare and I found this one from 1984. Sweet 19 sporting a handmade and hand painted pattern cotton blouse I made. The perm came soon after that. To read more click on link http://thefashionarchives.org/?tfaqanda=ari-athans
- July 24, 2013
I am pleased to announce my new painting show titled ‘RockHeads’ opening at Edwina Corlette Gallery, Tuesday 30th July. The starting point for this work is about rocks, minerals and object collecting. I enjoy working with steel as a canvas because it allows me to be very physical with the work – scraping, rusting, depositing paint, erosion, sanding, layering – all feel like geological processes within themselves. I deconstruct and reconstruct faceted forms to rocks, minerals and found objects collected from a field trip, a walk on the beach or a flea market. I have been working steadily all year on this show so it’s a relief to see it finally finished. No post exhibition blues here. This time around I also had the luxury of a painting studio space (more about that later). So please join me for a drink Saturday afternoon 3rd August 2-4pm.
To view all works hop on to http://edwinacorlette.com/preview?eid=124
- July 23, 2013
The shapes remind me of my brushwork in 3D. Sorting, selecting, composing and pairing is addictive. So I’m off to Stradbroke Island to collect more beach plastic. Each shape is supremely tumbled with pumice and worn into lovely velvety shapes – all this from plastic. Straddie plastic, silver bar, hoops $99