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Celebrating Tasmanian women artists

a snapshot of some of Tasmania's most talented visual artists, designers and writers.

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Image of Pat Brassington's photo, 'The Permissions #2'.

The Permissions #2, Pat Brassington

The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC began a project this month to raise the profile of women artists and call special attention to the gender imbalance in the art world both nationally and globally.

The project challenges you to name #5womenartists with over 70 other organisations around the world have joining in and sharing the work of women artists during Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day.

We wanted to make sure that the wonderful work of Tasmanian women artists is highlighted, so we made sure our social media feeds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have been awash with women artists.

We have been delighted that so many people have engaged with the posts and shared their own favourite Tasmanian women artists.

Here are just some of the many great artists we feature on the Tasmanian Arts Guide, be sure to explore more and help us raise the profile some of Tasmania’s very creative and talented artists.

Visual artists

The Eyes We See Ghosts With

The Eyes We See Ghosts With, Sally Rees, 2015.

Julie Gough is an artist, writer and curator who lives in Hobart, Tasmania. Julie’s research and art practice involves uncovering and re-presenting subsumed and often conflicting histories, often referring to her own and her family’s experiences as Tasmanian Aboriginal people.

Sally Rees’ hand painted inkjet printed still images compliment time-based media works. Rees blends video self-portraiture and watercolour animation producing a digitised work that carries the unmistakable mark of the maker.

Megan Walch uses the medium of painting, of mixing enamel and oil together creates a synergy at times, beyond Walch’s control, a visual metaphor as an echo of contemporary life.

Laura McMahon aka Brain Foetus creates works on paper utilising a less invasive form of street art, known as a paste up. Laura creates characters and narratives from a range of different themes and imagery.

Kate Piekutowski’s printmaking explores themes of cultural identity, belonging and the meaning of ‘homeland’, specific to her experience as a first-generation child of Polish migrants living in Tasmania.

Oil on Board

Edge, Michaye Boulter, 2014.

Michaye Boulter – “I paint aspects of nature that I know and love, the Tasmanian coastline… For me the sea’s endlessness and emptiness is about possibility and potential. My paintings are about a feeling of being in the place as well as being outside of it, as though, while not physically there, my heart and soul still is.”

Pat Brassington was born in 1942 in Tasmania, where she continues to work and live today. She has been producing images for over 30 years and is considered one of Australia’s most highly respected and influential photomedia artists creating surreal imagery that blurs the boundaries of reality and fantasy, desire and repulsion.

Esther Shohet finds endless inspiration from Tasmania’s heritage, lifestyle and natural beauty. The vibrant colours and movement in her work, evokes a sense of fun and happiness.

Katherine Cooper was raised on King Island in Bass Strait, surrounded by the unspoiled ruggedness of the coast and power of the sea. As a painter and wildlife artist, she is dedicated to raising awareness of the beauty and fragility of our wildlife and the habitats in which they co-exist with humans.

Amanda Parer’s work explores the natural world, its fragility and our role within it. Featuring an assortment of feral or endangered creatures both great and small, her environmental message remains clear.

Leanne Halls is a realist painter (not abstract) but she attempts to bring the feel of the scene through to her viewers. Her artwork is characterized by expressive brushstrokes, emotive colour schemes and lyrical compositions.

Mandy Renard is a printmaker and specialist in dry point etching. She sees the world, including the human being, as an infinitely complex work of art constantly unfolding.

Book cover of Deep South: Stories from Tasmania by Danielle Woods and Ralph Crane

Deep South: Stories from Tasmania by Danielle Woods and Ralph Crane

Writers

Katherine Scholes is an internationally bestselling author with over two million books sold worldwide. Tanzanian born, Katherine now resides in Tasmania but still enjoys making regular trips back to Africa, the setting of some of her best loved novels.

Danielle Wood writes fiction and non-fiction for adult and children, from a beautiful, southerly isle, full of stories. Deep South is a wonderful collection of twenty-four short stories that celebrate the history, culture and creativity of Tasmania.

Adrienne Eberhard is a celebrated Tasmanian poet who lives on the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, south of Hobart and has published three poetry collections with Black Pepper.

Sarah Day is an award winning poet who lives with her family in Hobart, Tasmania where she now teaches Creative Writing. She has received the Anne Elder award, the Queensland Premier’s Award, University of Melbourne Wesley Michel Wright Prize and ACT Award for her work.

Kathryn Lomer grew up on a farm in north west Tasmania and has published three award-winning young adult novels. Kathryn has published across the genres of adult fiction, short stories and poetry.

Designers

Emma Bugg’s designs are inspired by streetscape textures and architecture. She pairs conventional and unconventional materials, such as concrete with silver and gold – subverting a perception of value and what we consider to be precious. Concrete acts as a vessel to embed particles of a physical location (or person) significant to the wearer.

Ceramics

Ceramics by Mairi Ward

Painting is the core of Mari Ward’s practice. However in 2009, Mairi began to explore design and the relationships between art and design and between art and life. She created digital surface designs using imagery taken directly from her paintings which have been printed onto a range of surfaces including fabric, paper and ceramic decals.

Designer Sandy Wrightson is inspired by natural forms with curves that flow. She creates understated contemporary pieces with fluid curves, contrast and asymmetry and is inspired by grass trees, pandani spirals, buds and berries.

Sally Brown  – “Much of my work is made with salvaged materials, often reworked beyond recognition. The patina, texture and secret stories of a past existence appeal; the material, worn or unwanted and ripe for rebuilding gives me the curiosity to explore.”

Laura McCusker has been building furniture professionally for over 15 years. She is a classically trained fine woodworker and cabinet maker with experience in boat building, fit outs and traditional freestanding pieces. She has forged a career that has seen her work collected across Australia and now internationally.

Visit the Artists section on the website to find more work by talented and creative Tasmanian artists.

Article published: 10 March 2016.