Thursday, 25 December 2014

Louise Saxton

Louise Saxton is a Melbourne based artist who trained in painting and printmaking at RMIT and holds a Post-graduate Diploma with the Victorian College of the Arts and a Masters Degree in Fine Arts with the University of Ballarat. 
Since 2000 Louise’s practice has centred on the reconstruction of detritus from the home. This has included the re-use of her own paintings, collections of everyday business envelopes and vintage wallpapers and discarded needlework. In 2006 she was awarded a Sir Ian Potter Cultural Trust travel grant to undertake an artist residency at Rimbun Dahan in Malaysia. Since that time her practice has engaged primarily with the reconstruction of needlework, which she regards as a "silent collaboration with the anonymous original makers."
Her work has been included in the 18th Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennial 2008 and in the same year the joint exhibition dot-net-dot-au (with Tim Craker) toured to Malaysia and Singapore. In 2009 Louise was represented in Paysage/Voyage, which toured in Europe, to England, France and Holland. In 2012 Louise was awarded a grant from the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria for the development of her solo exhibition, Sanctuary at Heide Museum of Modern Art. In 2013 she held her first commercial solo exhibition, Sanctuary Too at Gould Galleries. In 2014 she was the inaugural Australian artist at 360 Xochi Quetzal Artist Residency, on the beautiful Lake Chapala, in Mexico.  She is also included in The New Textiles, at Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Boston, USA.
Louise's work is held in regional and state collections in Australia and private collections in Australia, Malaysia and India.

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Matthew Cox 

Matthew Cox is a Philadelphia- based artist who embraces and joins a variety of media to produce several thematic series of work. Medical x-rays and embroidery, couture and crime, rubber stamps, short -story prose and paint all layer toward a darkly comic and anachronistic impression of the human condition in the twenty-first century.

A 2008 recipient of the Pew Charitable Trusts Fellowship in Painting, Cox studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York and Otis/Parsons in Los Angeles. He exhibits his work internationally and is featured in many prominent collections such as the New Orleans Museum of Art, Progressive Insurance Corporate Art Collection, the Georgetown College Art Gallery and the private collections of Beth Rudin DeWoody, E. John Bullard, Ronnie Brenner and numerous others.

"For me, stitching has a nurturing aspect and acts as care giving or healing to the injured, a socially feminine sort of action, while the x-ray itself can be considered masculine and unemotional," he states on his website. "As an artist who takes on tedious, labor-intensive projects, I am also reacting to the ever-increasing presence of photography in contemporary art – by introducing the process of labor over the quick, slickness of film."

 All images  Copyrighted by Matthew Cox