Exhibition Title: Grevilleas, Bandicoots and Snake Charmers
Uki itself is not quite sure who it is – there is quite a bit of confusion as to what the name means, who named it – and indeed to which language it belongs. But much like its short but complicated name, Uki is a small village with a big presence, full of people who care about each other and the planet. It is a place of inspiration and charm , nestling in the shadow of Wollumbin (Mt Warning).
After 30 years of teaching secondary school art in Melbourne, I, with my husband David, made the move to the magic lands of the Northern Rivers where I have been able to concentrate on developing my own art practice. I had the great good fortune in 2016/17 to have been offered an exhibition at the Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah, a fabulous experience and (incidentally) a sellout! I am continuing some of the themes of that show in this present collection, although animals and not mermaids are merging with and interacting with all those grevilleas and not a few pythons. (there are indeed a couple of bandicoots as well – Uki apparently means ‘bandicoot’ in one version of the origin of the name)….