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OCTOBER  2017

EXHIBITION: Whitehorse Artspace Gallery.  12th October to 11th November

I will be exhibiting as an invited artist for the Whitehorse Council Gallery in Box Hill in the suburb where I live. The exhibition is entitled EVOLUTION. It will include paintings and papercuts over a 10 year period. I am looking forward to seeing this work all together. 

               

 

 

PAPERCUTTING WORKSHOPS with Roma McLaughlin

Box Hill Community Art Centre.  Sunday 22nd October 10.00am to 2.00am

Contact:  http://www.bhcac.com.au  for details

Quadrant Gallery  Sunday 5th November 10.00am to 2.00pm

Contact: http://www.quadrantgallery.com.au 

 

 

MARY DELANY PAPER COLLAGE WORKSHOP: Box Hill Community Art Centre

This year I have taken two workshops inspired by this inspirational British collage artist from the 18th Century.

This is students work

        

 

NOVEMBER 2016

COMMISSION:  I have just completed this commission for the Whitehorse Council. it is a decoration for the Christmas Tree at Government House of Victoria this year. This is the smallest detailed papercut I have done and just measures 10 cm in diameter. I was asked to create a scene which best reprents the city of Whitehorse. All councils of Melbourne have been asked to present an orginal artwork in the form of a decoration.    

 

 

JULY 2016

INTERNATIONAL WOMENS EXHIBITION HER PRESENCE IN COLOURS - TAIWAN

I have just arrived back from Taiwan after particiating in an international womens art exhibition at the Kaohsuing Cultural Arts Centre. Kaohsuing. The theme for this exhibition was 'Women's Art Towards a Better Quality of Human Life.

Check out this link to see more about these 95 talented artists.

http://www.art-her.com 

 

                          

 

JUNE 2016

PAPERCUTTING WORKSHOP:      SUNDAY 12th JUNE

I will be taking a one day workshop with Quadrant Gallery

Check  http://www.quadrantgallery.com.au  for details 

 

                              

 

 MAY 2016

EXHIBITION: Works of Art Gallery. Kyneton 

 

                                   Nest with Three Eggs                                 

   

 

MAY 2016

EXHIBITION: I am privileged to exhibit with 16 paper artists from the Paper Artist Collective at A side B side Gallery in Hackey, London

Check out for more information  http://www.paperartistcollective.com 

Here are some new papercuts for this exhibition One from my Urban Patterns series and one from my Birdsong from Inside the Egg series

                         

 

APRIL 2016

I am participating in a group exhibition for BirdLife Australia, entitled 'Birds and Us'

Sold this piece  'Nest with Blossom' from my Birdsong from Inside the Egg series

 MARCH 2016

My work "Carrington Road Box Hill'featured this month on the Paper Artist Collective website www.paperartistcollective.com 

 

            

 

        

BLOG FEATURE: THE PROCESS BEHIND THE PIECE

 

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF

I am an artist living in Melbourne, Australia. I trained as a painter and I have done illustration work in various mediums. Now I concerntrate on the technique of papercutting.

WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND THIS WORK?

This piece is called 'Carrington Road' It depicts a street scene in my suburb. It is typical of  series of papercuts from my last exhibition. I have become an observer of the rapid changes taking place in and around my home environment. I have seen my suburb evolve from a mid-twentieth century quiet suburb to a modern vibrant city with a significant Chinese community. I use imagery of construction work, technology, offices, shops and restaurants to convey the energy of the street. I contrast these images with the intimate domestic scenes taken from my home and garden. For me this series has been an expression and an exploration of my own sense of belonging in a time of rapid change in my immediate community and Australia more generally.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA?

I regularly walk to nearby shops and services and I am fond of observing the skyline. It tells us a lot about our modern way of living. While walking along busy Carington Road, I was particularly taken with the interlocking paterns created by the leaves of trees, street lights, overhead wires and a mobile phone tower. I am also interesed in how birds adapt to a changing environment like this. There are many Asian restaurants in Carrington Road so it was one of the first papercuts I did that took on an Asian feel.

WALK US THROUGH THE CREATIVE PROCESS BEHIND MAKING THIS PIECE OF ART

Generally I start with a rough idea of what I want to do by drawing a thumbnail sketch of the composition. For me the overall design is important to establish a dynamic and 'readable' design. There has to be a satisfying combination of positive and negative shapes used in the picure and I have to work out how every part is connected as only one piece of paper is used. Details are created or taken from my photographs and are added to a new sketch. I make as many preliminary sketches as I need until I am happy with the whole image. I then enlarge it on tracing paper, reverse it and trace it on the back of coloured paper. Finally I cut my composition from the back.

WHAT ARE YOUR SOURCES OF INSPIRATION?

I love the patterns of both Celtic and Asian Art. But mostely I am inspired by the patterns in architecture, domestic decor and natural forms from my surroundings. I like to juxtapose organic shapes of clouds, birds trees with geometric forms taken from buildings and inside my home. My focus on contoured shapes, sihouettes, shadows and patterning is not just decorative but also conveys a sense of character of the place I record.

WHAT EQUIPMENT/TOOLS DO YOU USE?

I mostly use 160gsm Canson acid free pastel paper, silhouette paper, painted rice paper for smaller works and lots of 10A blades! I do a lot of drawing with pencil and brush and ink to work out ideas. While I am about I take many photos with my IPhone of people, food, patterning, silhouettes, buildings , trees - anything that can be used for inspiration.

HOW LONG DID THE PIECE TAKE YOU TO COMPLETE?

A large papercut like this can take a few weks (working a few hours everyday). Most of my time can be in researching and drawing up the image. Cutting is fairly straight forward and becomes almost like a meditstive activity while working.

My last exhibition can be viewed online at:

http://www.quadrantgallery.com.au/romamclaughlin.html

  

FEBRUARY 2016 

COMMISSION: A commission came my way through the http://www.artistscollective.com   

It is for a first wedding anniversary. A surprise gift from a wife to her husband.

(I take commissions on request.)

 

 

COLLECTION PURCHASE: Whitehorse City Council has purchased a set of six papercuts from my Box Hill series for their Art Collection.

 

 

PAPER ARTIST COLLECTIVE

Joined an international group of talented paper artists called the Paper Artist Collective.

Check them out:   http://www.paperartistcollective.com   

 

 

NOVEMBER 2015

CHRISTMAS PAPERCUTTING WORKSHOP with Roma McLaughlin

Box Hill Community Art Centre http://www.bhcac.com.au   

 

COMPETITION: I have been successful in my application for the Invited Artists Program at Whitehorse Artspace for 2017. This is a great opportunity for me to create some large papercuttings over the next 2 years.

View my exhibition proposal to Whitehorse Artspace:

Art Space application 2017

  

 

SEPTEMBER 2015

EXHIBITION: Quadrant Gallery. Hawthorn

I am showing paintings and papercuttings from my Box Hill series at Quadrant Gallery Hawthorn from the 3rd to the 26th of September 2015 with artist Kathy Fahey.

Our joint exhibition is entitled Complementary.

The exhibition will be opened by Gordon Morrison, Director of the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

VIEW online at

http://www.quadrantgallery.com.au/roma-mclaughlin.html

http://www.quadrantgallery.com.au

http://www.quadrantgallery.com.au/kathy-fahey.html

http://www.kathyfahey.com

 For more information link on:

Romas Artist Statement for Quadrant Gallery exhibition 2015 

 

 

 

 

 

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