Meeandip/Garden Island - connected/disconnected curated by Jude van der Merwe
- Exhibition dates: Wednesday 8 November to Sunday 26 November 2023
- Opening times: 10am - 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday
- Location: Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street, Rockingham
- Room: Main gallery
- Cost: Free entry
Curator, Jude van der Merwe has thoughtfully selected four midcareer artists to explore the multifaceted nature of Meeandip / Garden Island. The exhibition encompasses a range of media, including drawing, painting, printmaking and digital media. It reflects on the islands history, identity, and our connection to the natural world.
Image: Jo Darbyshire, The future SSN Aukus, 2023, oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm. Image credit: courtesy of the artist.
About the artists
Susanna Castleden is an artist based in Walyalup/Fremantle and an academic at Curtin University. She completed a PhD at RMIT University and continues to explore ideas of mobility, mapping, distance and proximity in her creative practice.
Walyalup/Fremantle artist Jo Darbyshire’s work often explores the social and environmental history of place and her relationship with the West Australian coast. Her work reflects her interest in its underwater landscapes, local islands, ships visiting Fremantle Port and the traces of colonial life. She has an ongoing curiosity with submarines and their connection to Fremantle.
Bradley Kickett is a Ballardong Noongar artist. He was born in Northam and grew up in Perth. Bradley is descended from the Kickett clan in York, Western Australia. He began painting in 2007. Kickett’s style of art is abstract with paintings depicted from an aerial view and illustrated in a pouring fluid style that he has developed over the last ten years.
Tony Windberg graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) from Curtin University in 1986. Since his first solo exhibition in 1989, he has held numerous solo shows and exhibited in prestigious national and state group exhibitions. Windberg’s landscape-based artwork uses realism and illusion to investigate and challenge pictorial conventions.