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ECU exhibition space transformed for FRINGE WORLD

Thursday, 10 December 2015

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An artist in residency project at Edith Cowan University (ECU) will see the blank white walls of Spectrum Project Space transformed with charcoal landscape drawings, inspired by traditional Chinese art.

Jane Whelan is the recipient of the 2016 Spectrum Project Space Artist in Residence. This annual program allows an ECU artist one month’s access to Spectrum Project Space at ECU’s Mount Lawley Campus as a working studio, with the aim of exhibiting their new works in the gallery at the end of the residency.

Ms Whelan, an ECU Master of Arts (Visual Arts) student, will focus on further development of her contemplative landscape drawing approach as part of her Master’s research.

Her drawings are inspired by her travels in China and in particular the small traditional gardens of Suzhou.

“When I visited China I noticed very different approaches to landscape and space through art. I saw a style of drawing that was totally new to me,” Ms Whelan said.

“Exploring the philosophies behind Chinese drawing further, I began to compare those ideas with my own and have learned new ways of seeing and representing the world around me.”

The charcoal landscape drawings Ms Whelan creates will fill the paper and spill out over the walls of the exhibition space. A time lapse camera will be installed to capture the transformation.

At the conclusion of her residency Ms Whelan will open her exhibition, Drawing Breath, at Spectrum Project Space as part of the FRINGE WORLD festival. FRINGE WORLD is the third largest Fringe festival in the world and is a summer celebration of art in Perth held annually over 31 days in January and February.

Jane Whelan will undertake her artist in residency at Spectrum Project Space at ECU’s Mount Lawley Campus from 11 January - 7 February, 2016. She will open the doors so the public can visit and see her working process on Friday, 22 January, Wednesday, 27 January and Wednesday, 3 February.

The Drawing Breath exhibition runs from Tuesday, 9 February until Friday, 19 February at Spectrum Project Space, with an artist talk on Wednesday, 17 February at 2.00pm.

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