There's always something to discover at West Gippsland Arts Centre

Karen Preston

Wednesday November 3 - Friday December 31,  2021

‘Plasticity’ as an exhibition is an invitation to reflect on the omnipotence of plastic in our everyday lives. The amalgamation of plastics with organic bodies and natural environments is explored using plastic waste as an art medium. ‘Plasticity’ refers to the malleability of plastic, its capacity to mimic properties of natural materials and organic bodies, and to adopt seemingly infinite textures, forms and shapes.

The environmental, ecological and biological consequences of household plastic waste is receiving global and local attention. Governments across all levels are confounded by issues and challenges attached to its use and disposal. First invented in 1907, plastic is now seemingly indispensable to human activity; it is present in practically every hour and space of our lives. In just eleven decades plastic has become established as one of the cheapest, most useful, and durable materials ever invented. It is modern industry’s most disregarded and readily discarded product. Half of the plastic produced in the world is single-use, eight million tonnes enter our oceans each year[i], and more than 60 million plastic bottles are disposed of everyday.

With these concerns in mind, I collected all plastic waste generated by my household over a 12 month period, that in the past would have been sent to landfill or recycled, was gathered, washed and reused. I photographed each week’s plastic waste, and at the end of every four weeks created sculptures and associated artworks. 

Visit Karen's website here.

A Short Story

03 January 2022 – 25 February 2022

My name is Allison Yanez. I am an emerging artist, master of museum studies student, visual arts teacher, assistant curator and arts advocate. I live in Gippsland. Creativity has helped me in life. The current pandemic has accelerated this creativity. My exhibition ‘A Short Story’ reveals my response to the current virus. The artworks were created in a dark room with minimal sunlight, a reflection of my feelings at the time. We have all been through so much. I encourage you to express yourself creatively as you never know where it may lead you.

Artworks have been shown at Flinders Street, Melbourne, Frankston, and at an upcoming exhibitions in Sale, Gippsland, as well as municipalities across Victoria. The work Escape (Corona) 2021, was chosen for exhibition ‘Change’ at Frankston Arts Centre.

Experience, Reflect, Create 

Fabien Garcia
‘Adaptability’ and ‘State of curious minds in peculiar places’
virtual exhibition

This exhibition was displayed at West Gippsland Arts Centre from 6 July to 3 September 2021

On 'Adaptability' - "This series is about the most important issue of the current world which is environment and ecology."

On ‘State of curious minds in peculiar places’ - "I hope that the viewers will follow me on this journey to discover somebody else’s impression of the world. I invite you to let go of one’s ego, and any sense of time too. Arouse your curiosity about what you are looking at, enter a state of curious mind and leave little room for judgement. It is a wonderful starting place to discover the world, others and also oneself. "

Jenni L. Ivins - Mind Drawing 

Experience our virtual exhibition of Jenni L. Ivin's work, 'Mind Drawing' that was installed at WGAC from 2 March - 30 April 2021.

Jenni Ivins’ mind drawings are complex images usually made with a .1 (or finer) pen.

She adopted the term ‘Mind Drawing’ to describe the gestalt effect of multiple images created by the same lines. It also refers to the artist’s mindfulness while working, allowing the hand to guide the mark making in the first instance then extrapolating on any meaning discerned in the marks. 

The works in this video were created in response to an invitation from Jo Canham of Blarney Books and Art for Jenni to bring her quirky drawings to the community in the Shire of Moyne.

And thus the interactive Mind Drawing Children’s Stories Exhibition Tour was launched in Port Fairy.

The work has since been shown in the cities of Casey, Frankston and Knox, and the Shires of Cardinia and Baw Baw, with interest from other municipalities across Victoria.

With each tour stop other elements have been added, such as workshops, talks, a treasure hunt, book launch and artist cards.

Mind Drawing prints are available as framed prints and on other merchandise from jennilivins Redbubble shop: https://is.gd/i3WjNA

Jenni may be contacted through her website https://www.minddrawing.net/

Lucy Chapman - Winter Journey and Botanica et Avia

Experience Lucy Chapman's virtual exhibition of the installation that was viewable at West Gippsland Arts Centre
4 May - 2 July 2021

Netherlands-born Lucy Chapman divides her work between Botanical Art, Nature Surrealism and Contemporary Abstract. Her Winter Journey exhibition hung on the WGAC ground floor comprises 24 nature-surrealist paintings inspired by the 24 respective songs of Schubert’s Winterreise. Her first-floor Botanica et Avia exhibition features paintings of botanical subjects and birds.
Visit Lucy's website here.

Naturally Gippsland  - Cheryl Cook and Joan Best

Tuesday December 1  2020- Friday 26 February 2021

Two passionate and accomplished artists, Cheryl Cook and Joan Best, explore Gippsland’s natural treasures. They bring to life the essence of our diverse environment using a variety of techniques including textiles, altered leaf prints, stitch and ceramics. The works are structurally powerful yet delicate and emotively capture the artists’ experiences. The body of work reflects the varied responses of the two artists and the richness demonstrates their love of and commitment to Gippsland.

West Gippsland Arts Centre is proud to have developed a virtual exhibition experience to enhance the profile of our talented regional artists and to entice you to visit us in person!
We invite you to view our first virtual experience featuring Warragul artist Russell J Lilford with the exhibition,
‘Angels of a Lesser Known God’.
Some of these works may be for sale. Please use these links to enquire and to find out more information about Russell:
Contact info at the Open Studios Website: https://bit.ly/3jD3zcq
Artist info at Baw Baw Arts Alliance: https://bit.ly/2Jgll8O

Throughout 2021 we will be hosting six fantastic visual art exhibitions that you can view in person of course, but their work will also be available via www.wgac.com.au/exhibitions and our social channels.

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