Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/rokcommon/RokCommon/Registry.php on line 381

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/rokcommon/RokCommon/Registry.php on line 394
isiiad - Stephanie Mew

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/gantry/core/utilities/gantryregistry.class.php on line 326

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/gantry/core/utilities/gantryregistry.class.php on line 339

Stephanie Mew

StephanieMewdetail11_s

 (Detail)

I have to admit that I couldn't get enough of Stephanie's work.  So this is the first of two posts I'm planning to show you.  I went down to her exhibition at Steps Gallery first, then a week later I made the short trip to her studio in Research. The work in each place differs quite markedly.  The work at Steps came out of a road trip to Uluru with fellow artist Linda Mac Aulay.  Linda's work is also showing at Steps.  As a mother of three children, Stephanie enjoyed the freedom of being able to just stop the van at will and walk off into the dunes to take photos or sketch.

Add to that an innovative bit of recycling and you have a body of work that is fascinating.  Apparently, Stephanie's partner is a bit of a bower bird.  He unearthed a large amount of old truckie's tarp at a garage sale.  Stephanie saw the potential in it straight away.  She scrubbed it up and set to work.  Truckie's tarp fits perfectly with a road trip theme.  She's left the ropes on it and has used some of the features of it in the composition of the painting.  For instance, an oversewn seam suggested the horizon line in this painting.

The two artists spent five days on the road and then Stephanie stayed at Uluru for eight days.  Realistic landscape is a bit of a departure from Stephanie's other work.  Trained at Melbourne Uni School of Education, she did a sculpture major but finds that she is swept away by the process of putting colour on canvas, or in this case truckies tarp.

StephanieMewdetail10

(Detail)

She's quite interested in the crossover between art and craft, so the painting (above) features some collaged fabric. 

StephanieMews7_s

StephanieMews4_s

StephanieMewsdetail6_s

(Detail)

StephanieMews1_s

There's a lovely creative freedom in her work.  She lets the work dictate it's own direction, but has the experience and training that holds technique and quality steady. Her obvious love of painting and drawing also shines through each work.

StephanieMewsdetail_s

(Detail)  

The work below is more in tune with her other work where marks and symbols dominate the canvas. The next post will include works similar to this.

StephanieMewsoil_s

StephanieMcards_s

StephanieMewbooks_s

These little concertina books are available for sale at Stephanie's studio during the Open Studio weekend.

StephanieMewportrait_s

Steps Gallery is at 62 Lygon Street Carlton.


Stephanie has her own website.  

Her studio can be found at 8 Beddoe Street, Research. Studios are open 11am-5pm, on 30th. April-1st. May 2011. For more details go to Artists Open Studios website.



Parent Category: Arts
Facebook Image

Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Awards-2

Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award Camilla TADICH©, 6.23am Kangaroo Ground 2009, oil on canvas, 94.5cm. x 125cm. framed. "Ekphrasis is a genre of poetry that explores works of art… More…

The Tree Project

The Tree Project It's a rare day that I'm not reminded of the 2009 Black Saturday fires in some way. Whether it's blackened tree trunks that still punctuate the landscape, or… More…

Material Things

Material Things ©Libby Schrieber Apple Picking Saints, silk cut linoleum print There's a little number that's been tucked away at the back of my wardrobe for what seems like a… More…

Baldessin Studio

Baldessin Press (Studio) Here's another little taster from the Baldessin Studio at St Andrews just north of Melbourne. These photos came across my email today. They were taken… More…

First Train to Allwood

First Train to Allwood "The first train to Allwood [now Hurstbridge] arrived on June 25th 1912 and we're going to yarnbomb a fence to celebrate". So say the organisers of this… More…

Jeanette Dyke

Jeanette Dyke Photograph courtesy of Jeanette Dyke© Rarely do I find a silversmith, whose work is as exquisite as Jeanette Dykes. The travelling salt and pepper shaker (above) is… More…

Lorenna Grant-Artist in Residence at Laughing Waters.

Lorenna Grant- Artist in Residence at Laughing Waters I really want to convey the experience that I had visiting Lorenna Grant. She's the latest Artist in Residence at Laughing… More…

The Essence of Nerina

The Essence of Nerina Nerina Lascelles exhibition "Seizui- Essence" opened at Montsalvat at the beginning of this month. In excess of one hundred people enjoyed Montsalvat's… More…

May Red Chair Event

May Red Chair Event- Lorenna Grant You could hear a pin drop in the Barn at Montsalvat as Lorenna Grant spoke about her work and her experience of the residency at Laughing… More…

isiiad Red Chair Event

Isiiad Red Chair Event I've been a bit distracted this week by my presentation at the Red Chair Event. This is an event which is scheduled on the first Wednesday of the month and… More…

Ona Henderson and Syd Tunn

Ona Henderson and Syd Tunn Syd Tunn © I Dips Me Lid. A self portrait (detail) There's magic in the air at Bend of Islands, just north of Warrandyte. The magicians responsible are… More…

George Baldessin's Studio-formerly The Baldessin Press

George Baldessin's Studio Just before I went to New York last year, I went out to George Baldessin's Studio to meet Silvi Glattauer. It was a busy time for me, packing to go away… More…

Mirranda Burton

Mirranda Burton Mirranda Burton© Bird Brain If you're a regular Isiiad reader you couldn't have missed the fact that this weekend marks the beginning of the Nillumbik Artist's… More…

Stop Press

STOP PRESS! Arts Talks 2011 This information has been distributed by the Arts, Local Government and Climate Change Forum Tuesday 3 May, 10am -12.00 noon followed by morning… More…

Launch of The First Train to Allwood

Launch of The First Train to Allwood at The Wattle Festival What better place to launch the local yarn bombing spectacular - The First Train to Allwood - than at the 2012… More…

Light Factory Gallery-Eltham

I've heard about the Light Factory Gallery from so many people and in so many places. I can't believe it's taken me so long to get there. Today was the day. The building is great.… More…

Margaret Summerton

Margaret Summerton Phew...what a woman...energetic, smart as paint, extremely personable and an artist too. Five minutes with Margaret Summerton and I understood why she is the… More…

So when do you throw the flowers out?

I can't tell you how much I love a house full of flowers. Parrot tulips and peonies are perennial favorites. As a result, I've got a lifetime's collection of vases and vessels. I… More…

Ev Hales

Ev Hales Informal and formal patterns. I've been seeing them everywhere since I visited Ev Hales at her Hurstbridge studio. She's fascinated by them...See the pattern in the floor… More…

Jessie Pittard

Jessie Pittard Jessie Pittard© "Feast" Woodblock print on Japanese rice paper. (detail) When I walked into the Nillumbik Artist's Open Studios exhibition in the Barn at… More…

Copyright

THIS ENTIRE SITE © 2010-2012 ISIIAD. ALL OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS AND WRITTEN MATERIAL HEREIN, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, ARE COPYRIGHTED BY ISIIAD. NO PART OF THIS SITE, OR ANY OF THE CONTENT CONTAINED HEREIN, MAY BE USED OR REPRODUCED IN ANY MANNER WHATSOEVER WITHOUT EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER.