Art

The Nursery Web

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Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end, but a new play that’s about to hit The Butterfly Club in Melbourne – The Nursery Web – uses all three parts to frame a bigger story about the nature of romantic relationships. Red Magpie sat down for a chat with the talented all-woman team behind this intriguing production – writer and director Kotryna Gesait, and assistant directors Genevieve Neve and Lulu Jemimah – as they tell us about the play and their backgrounds ahead of The Nursery Web’s opening night tonight.

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Belinda Barnes

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Belinda Barnes is a Canberra-based Australian painter originally from South Africa. The moody colouring of her work evokes landscapes and natural shapes seen as memories, while her use of perspective gives a simultaneous feel of the aerial and the microscopic. There is a distinctly Australian quality about her work – the earthy orange and red palette, combined with striking blues, summon extremes of Australian bush and water. Belinda has had several exhibitions and sold numerous works, and took the time to talk to us about her artwork, her process and her story.

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Gabriella Moxey

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Gabriella Moxey is a visual artist specialising in oil-based portraiture. Her portraits are convincingly human, intimately conveying the personality of the subject to the viewer. Gabriella’s work also includes landscapes and animal life portrayed through a variety of materials, such as a striking charcoal series reminiscent of fossilised fish. While painting and drawing are her primary mediums, Gabriella also dabbles in sculpture and photography. She is currently undertaking her Masters in Fine Art at RMIT.

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No Filter Project

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In a society of unrealistic beauty standards, No Filter Project, by photographer Daria Yakina, is a candid exploration of the issues of self-worth and body shaming. Focusing on the female experience, No Filter Project presents the images and lived stories of 27 women from a variety of physicalities, mental states, ethnicities and ages.

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Schmørgåsbaag

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Think of Schmørgåsbaag as Harry Potter’s Room of Requirement, but for Hobartians in need of a place to host, hold, hang or make things. Luuk Wipprecht, the founder, coordinator and polymath behind Schmørgåsbaag, sheds light on the origin, aims and happenings of Murray Street’s pop-up space.

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Jessie Adams: Mirage

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Jessie Adams is a Melbourne-based multi-disciplinary artist specialising in photography and textile design, who articulates sublime landscapes and magical microcosms onto silk. Jessie’s first solo show, MIRAGE, comprises eight pieces of digitally-printed silk. She took a break from cracking whips for her other practice and passion, performance art, to talk to us about her work.

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Neoncubicle

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Melissa Hamlyn (Neoncubicle) is a visual artist who treats her studio like a laboratory. She works with digital pattern making, projection and textiles, using abstract motifs to produce conceptual mind maps of her travels and connections with people.

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Angry Girl: Gemma Flack

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There’s a sacred magic to a girl’s bedroom, and feminist illustrator/all-round babe Gemma Flack invokes it with ritualistic relish in her solo exhibition, Angry Girls Club. Housed upstairs in Collingwood’s Off The Kerb Gallery, Angry Girls Club is a series of portraits of rad defiant girls and women embodying feminine resilience and identity.

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Bryn DC

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Walking into Bryn DC’s home feels akin to entering a room in Guillermo del Toro’s Bleak House. Bryn is an artist whose proclivity for the horror genre and darker mythologies has seen him develop as a photographer, sculptor, special effects artist and designer. He talks to us about his passion for filmmaking, how ignorance is more macabre than death, his latest work, and the importance of art.

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George Rose

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George Rose is an artist, illustrator and avid muralist whose reputation as a multidisciplinary creative precedes her. She has been a ubiquitous artistic force in Canberra for years. For a while I was convinced ‘George Rose’ was the name of some magical mythical creature leaving soul-sparking artwork in her wake, like the illustrator version of the Questing Beast. After having met her in person and seen her studio, this conviction hasn’t changed.

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