7 – 24 June 2019
Join us for the opening Friday 7 June at 5.30pm.
Blue Mountains’ artist Cate Dudley has been sharing her work with us for over thirty years. Cate portrays herself in nature and domestic settings with friends, creatures, and beasts, exploring themes of courage, gratitude, compassion, kindness, friendship. Her intrinsically personal works can be perceived as a metaphor for the human condition: “an exploration of what it is to be human with all the beauty, vulnerabilities and paradoxes,” according to Cate.
To prepare for her upcoming exhibition at Platform Gallery, Cate explored fragments of previous life, through collage and reuse of etchings. You will still find her walking through blue mountains landscapes, embracing earth and bathing in waterholes; and interacting with the beasts - bathing them, juggling them and dancing on them.
“This body of work is my visual vaccination against the malady of wanting to have more, do more, be more,” says Cate. “It’s an honouring of the hush and hold moments of the artistic process and life - everyday moments of love, humour, pain and tenderness.”
“Drawing, for me, is a direct way of making sense of what I’m seeing, feeling and thinking. From a drawing, I might make a dry-point by scratching into a surface, inking it up and putting it through the etching process. The process of printmaking adds unexpected contributions to an image. The process of painting is a little different - it seems to be more of a conversation about where things need to go”.
Join us for the exhibition opening at Platform Gallery at 5.30pm on Friday 7 June 2019.
Interview by Margot Turner.