International artwork on show at USC Gallery

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International artwork on show at USC Gallery


Published on 13 September 2012

13 September 2012

Two international artists will attend the joint official opening of their first Australian exhibitions at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery at 6pm on Thursday 20 September.

The exhibitions are by South Korean artist and academic Dr Park Nam-Hee and Swedish graphic designer, animator and painter Kicki Hankell.

Dr Park’s exhibition, Light & Soul: Dr Park Nam-Hee, presents jewel-like textile designs that mix traditional symbols with digital imagery. It is being co-curated by USC’s Senior Lecturer in Art and Design Dr Lisa Chandler.

Dr Chandler said Dr Park’s dynamic digital images “fused prehistoric Korean symbols and imagery with fractal forms, evoking layers of time and interconnected human experience, from ancient eras to our current 21st century existence”.

“Dr Park’s creative practice draws on Korean aesthetic concepts and historical imagery and, by using digital technologies, she juxtaposes and superimposes traditional forms to create rich, fantastic worlds that convey a modern sensibility and beauty,” she said.

The second exhibition, Past & Present, Women in Eons of Time, is a collection of watercolour paintings by an artist from the south-west of Sweden.

University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery Curator Dawn described Kicki Hankell as “a world traveller, seeker of wisdom and laughter, and a multi-talented artist”.

“In this exhibition, she has chosen to show paintings that explore mythology and magic, seeking hidden treasure that is informed by her travels and spiritual study,” she said.

Ms Oelrich said she was looking forward to meeting both artists at the opening event.

“Although they are from opposite sides of the globe, there are interesting similarities between the artists,” she said. “They are women of different experience and yet both Park and Hankell are strongly influenced by ancient symbolism and mythology. They are both story-tellers and they both use colour in exciting ways.”

The exhibitions will be on display from Thursday 20 September to Saturday 3 November at the USC Gallery. The Gallery is located at the University campus on Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs. It is open free to the public from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday, but is closed Sundays and public holidays.

The 2012 University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery exhibition program is supported by The Proost De Deyne Family, owners of Big Kart Track Sunshine Coast.

Terry Walsh

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