‘Traces’ is an exhibition by Mo Riggs and Jane Parker where both artists have created a series of works which reveal hidden moments within our coastal paradise. Jane has worked with fragments of places where natural and constructed environments coexist, while Mo has mirrored traces of the vast array of life under the sea. They have presented vignettes of life explored through time and tide. Both artists work to preserve the diversity and unique beauty of the Sunshine Coast.
As a life resident of the Sunshine coast, Mo Riggs held her last sell out exhibition in 1998 and then departed for a sea change in Fiji. Over time, she has mastered a wide repertoire of techniques to portray the myriad life forms above and beneath the ocean. She has studied the undersea environment extensively during her time as a professional diver. Her work preserves both the beauty and the wondrous complexity of life above and below the waterline. Now living back in Noosa she has created a delightful body of paintings and collaborative sculptures for the ‘Traces’ exhibition. Her intricately crafted works will take you on a marine journey and provide insight into the luxuriant worlds of the ocean.
Jane Parker is a Sunshine Coast artist whose work records traces of the relationship between nature and our built environment. She is interested in recording spontaneous moments during walks in which these interactions occur and explores the beauty of often hidden interactions in quiet places on the coast.
For this exhibition, she has created a series of drawings in watercolour and charcoal. Jane works in a loose technique of mark making which reflects the paradox between the ephemeral nature of these relationships and the ability of nature to regenerate in even the most unlikely places. Whether it’s a straggly regrowth under a recent bridge, a vintage motor bike at Noosa National Park or small historical traces, these glimpses create a historical footprint of our environment.
‘Traces’ exhibition will open at Wan’din’in arts space Eumundi on the Friday 17 August at 5pm – all are welcome and a cash bar will be available. ‘Traces’ will be opened by Julie Devine with music by local singer Michelle Clifford.
The exhibition will run until Saturday 15 September and the artists will be holding a ‘Meet the Artist’ morning tea on Friday 24 August at 10.30am.
Jane and Mo will also be holding a workshop on Thursday 6 September from 10.30am – 2.30pm. Working in collage, the theme for the workshop is ‘experience your memories of the Sunshine Coast with collage and drawing’.
Participants will be asked to bring ephemera that reminds them of places, events and emotions about the coast to create a collage which is a lasting memory of our region, such as leaves, bark and natural found objects, old photographs, newspaper cuttings, pictures and fabrics which invoke memories of time and tide. The Cost is $45 includes materials to assemble the collages. Participants need to bring their own lunch, tea and coffee will be supplied.
Wan’din’in arts space is at the rear of Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre. More details on ‘Traces’ at www.discovereumundi.com/arts-space/calendar