Exhibition to focus on creative process

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Sketching the South West curator Rebecca Corps shows off one of the mono print pieces in the exhibition, by artist Mel Lamanna.
Camera IconSketching the South West curator Rebecca Corps shows off one of the mono print pieces in the exhibition, by artist Mel Lamanna. Credit: Nicole Salmeri / South Western Times

A unique exhibition opening at Bunbury Regional Art Galleries tonight will provide a rare opportunity into the minds of artists.

The Sketching the South West exhibition will display a vast selection of artist sketches alongside their finished pieces.

The artworks are based on life sketches used to explore unique ways of seeing the landscape, people and culture of the region.

Curator Rebecca Corps said the exhibition was “something different” and would allow people to see inside the minds of different artists across all mediums.

“We’ve invited a whole range of artists working in different mediums from print making, painting, sculpting, drawing and textile,” Mrs Corps said.

“The whole idea for the exhibition was to display preliminary sketches that artists do alongside finished works to really have a glance into the artistic process.

Sketching the South West curator Rebecca Corps shows off one of the mono print pieces in the exhibition, Mel Lamanna.
Camera IconSketching the South West curator Rebecca Corps shows off one of the mono print pieces in the exhibition, Mel Lamanna. Credit: Nicole Salmeri / South Western Times

“It’s also about inspiring people go to back to sketching from life as well, rather than using photographs.”

The exhibition has been in the making for about a year after Mrs Corps came up with the idea and about 40 works from 16 artists will be on display.

“We’ll be displaying some visual diaries as well, so you can really see where the artists’ ideas really began,” Mrs Corps said.

“It’s something really different and something you just don’t see from artists is their preliminary sketches.

“It’s just a rare opportunity to have a look at some artists’ visual diaries and artists from varying practices as well, so you can really see how artists’ minds work and how they come from a sketch to a finished work.

“It’s really about the process.”

The exhibition will be on display until April 28 and entry is free.

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