International Artist Jan Heisner is having an exhibition of paintings and mixed media at the Access Gallery, Noosa Regional Gallery from the 5th of February till the 19th February. The opening is on Saturday, 2.00 pm on 7th of February 2004.
These paintings and mixed media works come from sketches made on maps, photographs, videos and found objects whilst travelling between Darwin and Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway. The Stuart Highway was the lifeline for the Northern Territory, carrying monster road trains, freight, cattle, tourists and the occasional Japanese tourist on a bike in the middle of nowhere. It is also the only road in and out of Darwin.
In these artworks Heisner has captured the ever changing landscape and the feeling of journey as in "The Long Red Road" and "Darwin to Alice and Back".
Whilst travelling through the Northern Territory you can't help but feel the power and pulse of the land and the spirituality woven through the plants and the animals and these are reflected in "Travelling Through Sacred Land".
The sense of heat and shimmering mirages and a strange other-worldliness is captured in "Mirages in the Desert" and "Pure Light". The assembled found objects integrated with maps are transformed into iconic images in "Travelling the Stuart Highway".
Also included in the exhibition are some blank canvases where viewers are asked to write their affirmations, thoughts and prayers for peace. These canvases and others collected in a similar way will become part of an exhibition called "Prayers for Peace".
Heisner has work throughout the world in private collections as well as work in the Lithuanian Embassy, Vienna, The International Institute for Peace, Vienna and the OSCE headquarters, Hofberg Palace, Vienna as well as the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
Jan Heisner lives and works from her studio on the Sunshine Coast.
Heisner says "The Northern Territory and the Sunshine Coast may appear not to have much in common but I believe that they are linked in a few ways. Both areas reflect the iconic images that we have of ourselves and that overseas visitors look for.
The territory has the wide open spaces, the distance, the "bush"; whilst this area has the sun, surf, the long golden beaches backed by the lush green hinterland. Both of these areas draw people to look at the diverse flora, fauna, and geography and to feel that pulse that runs through the land which can only be felt when you are removed from the hustle and bustle of city life. "
This exhibition is about "Journey". It talks about our own personal journey, taking time out, about stopping for awhile and really looking at what is around us - about being aware of our feelings, sensing the other energies that are around us and through that being taken somewhere we haven't been before and being refreshed and renewed by that experience.
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