Arts & Entertainment

In the Still

Heidi Yardley, Radiant Intervals, 2014, charcoal and gesso on paper, 76 x 56 cm, $2,500

At the end of the month, Sydney’s Arthouse Gallery presents its new group exhibition In the Still. Twelve contemporary artists invite us to rediscover the conventions of the still life through their own revelations. The exhibition will feature a dynamic collection of works that foster an interesting commentary upon the interchanging modes in which the traditional still life genre can personify.

Sydney artist Leah Fraser is one of the artists featuring their works in the exhibition. Fraser’s artistic style in paintings and ceramics embody her fascination with different spiritual and religious practices and storytelling from around the world.

“It was an interesting project for me because it’s not what I usually do. It’s sort of looking at my work through the lens of still life,” Fraser said.

Although, inspired by still life artists Matisse and Mondrian, Fraser approached the project with her own panache. The artist’s featured shaman-like characters are portrayed in her ceramic creations, as well as her paintings as a way of expanding the world of the paintings into real life.

Fraser explained, “I guess it’s kind of that sense of stepping into the spirit world of the painting but then you have the artifact from your life.” (CW)

27th Feb to 22nd March,  Arthouse Gallery, 66 McLachlan Avenue, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, 9332 1019