Writer Rebecca Gallo
Aberrant Play is an exhibition that celebrates contemporary approaches to printmaking and collage. Curated by local artist Rochelle Summerfield, Aberrant Play includes seven artists from regional and metropolitan New South Wales. These artists push and break the rules of traditional printmaking, using their extensive knowledge of printmaking processes to combine old and new technologies, creating unusual, playful and striking results.
Collage is a playful, powerful and subversive tool. For Aberrant Play, the artists have cut and reconfigured images from magazines, catalogues and books, often reversing the original meaning. Expect to see hybrid human-animal creatures by Claude Jones and Janet Parker-Smith, three-dimensional collage by Sandra Winkworth and a revival of the antique photographic technique of photogravure by Bill Moseley. Rochelle Summerfield brings collaged figures into local river landscapes, Jenny Kitchener’s insects carry barcodes on their backs, whilst Leonie Lane examines a bit of local history, literally bringing part of her studio into the gallery.
Mediums include collage on paper, linocuts, stencils, photogravure, assemblages and installations. Themes centre around the effects of science, technology and modern living on human nature and the natural world. Aberrant Play is a celebration of art that is at once joyously playful, and deadly serious.
Participating artists: Claude Jones (Sydney and Munich), Jenny Kitchener (Kyogle), Leonie Lane (Clunes), Bill Moseley (Hill End), Janet Parker-Smith (Sydney), Rochelle Summerfield (Seelands) and Sandra Winkworth (Sydney).
I make images of sassy women in new and mixed media. In 2016, a solo at Grafton Regional Gallery. In 2014, I was awarded the Windmill Trust Scholarship Encouragement Award.