Monday, February 8, 2010

Spotlight on Andrea Kaltwasser!

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Andrea Kaltwasser is one of the artists exhibiting in the current exhibition What do they call a group of artists? She is pictured here on the left with artist Merryn Hansford.
Andrea's work utlizes both painting and embroidery and in her current body of work she has embroidered both onto canvas and paper.

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The image above is a sample of ropes that she has found, washed up on beaches. Andrea collects these brightly coloured twines and sometimes uses them as embroidery thread onto the canvases.

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You can see from the work above, that the coloured rope was a big inspiration for this work and it does include some of the found twine, embroidered onto the canvas. Below is Andrea's artist statement for her work in What do they call a group of artists?

My aim with this body of work is to explore the connection between the ocean foreshore and its ability to create a calm and relaxed state of mind. Using colour, texture and shape, I wish to transport the viewer from the pressure and stress of the daily grind into a space where the rhythms of the natural environment rebalance our inner sense of peace.

Focusing on the area between the shallows and up to the dunes, I have translated the foreshore into a series of graphic lines and shapes. Silk, cotton, wool, jute and rope found on the sand are used to draw the viewer to explore the many layers that are found in this environment. The repetitive stitches in the canvas serve as a form of meditation reminiscent of walks along the sand and over rock pools leading the mind to a state of tranquillity.

You can find out more about Andrea's work during our next In Conversation program on Saturday 20 February from 2pm to 3pm.

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