The artworks of seven Ipswich artists recognised among thirty finalists in the 2020 Queensland Regional Art Awards are currently on show at the Ipswich Art Gallery as part of the Decadence touring exhibition.
Artist LeAnne Vincent took out the major $10,000 Art for Life Award and the Spotlight Award for her artwork Flourish which explores the idea that botanic growth is made richer from the decadence of other plants.
Ms Vincent’s studio is a converted garage tucked among the lush garden behind her Sadliers Crossing cottage.
The shelves are stacked with collections of leaves, flowers, snake skins and dead insects which provide materials to be transformed into crisp, vibrant blue prints developed in her backyard.
Ms Vincent’s practice utilises the medium of photography in various forms.
Her current works focus on cameraless photography using cyanotype contact prints of objects on fabric and paper.
“During lockdown I commenced a daily exploration of my backyard ecology; walking laps within my confined space, collecting remnants of flora and fauna, and seeking the unseen,” Ms Vincent said.
“Prompted by this investigative process, I began to re-conceptualise my understanding of decadence, shifting from material luxuries to the abundance of time for slow observation of nature and appreciation of place.
“Influenced by the first known female photographer Anna Atkins, who published a book of algae photograms using the cyanotype process in 1843, I used the same technique to create a visual impression of these ecosystems on fabric.
“The stitching signifies determined walking and the act of mapping while the circles are a recurring motif in my art practice, which here allude to a cyclical abundance.”
LeAnne Vincent’s studio
Inside LeAnne Vincent’s studio
Ms Vincent’s work creates a conversation about the natural world and human influence upon it, raising awareness about environmental concerns and the way we impact our surroundings.
Decadence features works from Ipswich artists LeAnne Vincent, Jane du Rand, Donna Davis, Deb Mostert, Grant Quinn, Renee Yates, and Kylie Stevens demonstrating local talent through a variety of mediums including textiles, digital media, painting, photography, and sculpture.
Decadence will be on display at Ipswich Art Gallery until 26 January 2021.
The Ipswich Art Gallery is at d’Arcy Doyle Place on Nicholas Street and entry is free.
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