Local Places Global Interfaces is a joint exhibition of new works by Margaret McAteer and Lana Nelson at Inka Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre Thursday November 17 – Wednesday December 8 2016
Margaret’s inspiration comes from an interest in people, which leads her into diverse areas including politics. Screen printing allows Margaret to express her political views in the style of pop-art posters. She also creates screen prints of people from all walks of life, taken from original recent and historical photographs.
Lana is a visual artist currently working in photography, acrylics and handmade paper. Her earliest work was in clothing and fashion design incorporating her own screen printed fabrics.
Lana is a member artist of Inka Gallery Inc located in the Salamanca Arts Centre- Hobart’s iconic waterfront arts precinct. Recurring themes in her work include concepts of nurture and relationships between people, places, objects and time. Her island home of Tasmania means she is often drawn to the coast and the sea and these environments are often the subject or context of her work. Her pigment prints are derived from her lifelong private collection of photographs that are then digitally edited to allow her to ‘paint in’ her responses to the people, places, objects and events captured through her camera lens. The editing process (including digital drawing and painting) enables the manipulation of images – transposing their visual aesthetic forward and backward in time, in style, in colour, in texture, meaning and intensity.
Her work often blurs the boundary between reality and abstraction. Conscious choices in the selection of printing substrates ranging from her delicately textured handmade papers through to a variety of artists’ and photographic papers are also used to convey her aesthetic and often political intent.