THE local landscape and nature are the main inspirations behind a new exhibition at INQB8.mandurah which officially opened on Friday.
Transect is the first solo exhibition from local artist Renee Barton, who has drawn upon her career as a landscape architect to create her artworks.
No stranger to the local arts community, Ms Barton received a Highly Commended Regional Award at the 2008 Mandjar Art Awards and was an award winner in Rockingham’s iconic Castaways Sculpture Awards in 2009.
To create her new works Barton used ink pen rendering with painted backgrounds to create detailed, layered artworks of varying subjects.
She explores realistic and abstract representations of the landscape, nature and geometric forms.
The concept behind this exhibition was drawn from a common term used in Ms Barton’s line of work.
She describes a ‘transect’ as a path along which one records and counts occurrences of the phenomena of study, for example, plants.
The work in this exhibition aims to present a conceptual transect of the local Mandurah landscape from the coast to the estuary.
It explores macro and micro patterns, textures, forms and features of the natural environment through mixed media artworks.
A large scale artwork composed of more than 500 small scale artworks (100mmx100mm) are the feature of the Transect exhibition.
The miniature artworks represent specific fragments or subjects found within the landscape from the estuary to coast.
Ms Barton’s work celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of Mandurah’s local landscape and aims to highlight the need to value and protect it.
The artworks are the product of Ms Barton’s experimentation with different mediums, base material and techniques.
The community will have until Sunday, September 9 to view the exhibition at the gallery located at 63 Ormsby Terrace.
Opening hours are 12-4pm Wednesday to Sunday and 12-5pm Thursday.
For more information go to inqb8.com