Cut ‘N Paste Artist profiles

Cut ‘N Paste: Saturdays & Sundays, 10 October to 1 November, 10am-4pm.
This exhibition showcases the work of local artists who work in the field of montage and collage. 

Cal Skimin

Callan Skimin is a Castlemaine based artist focusing on the video image as a poetic format. In his work, video is treated as a more flexible and plastic sense of memory. Having studied fine art through RMIT and with a history of video production, Callan has exhibited at spaces such as Blindside, Rubicon, and Dirty Dozen among others. Selected video works have also screened in the U.K. and Vietnam.

Image: Book Page, video still (2020)

Fiona Orr

Working in an intuitive manner is the essence of my art practice.  A lot of the materials are found, recycled or repurposed.

The composition evolves by layering, arranging until you find a personal resolution.  My method of fixing all the parts together possibly could be glued, resin, silicone collages or cut and paste.

Image: Lockdown 1, Mixed Medium (2020)

Jan Davis

Jan Davis was born in Bairnsdale, Victoria and studied printmaking with Danny Moynihan at Phillip Institute of Technology in Melbourne from 1978 to 1981.  Her first solo show was in 1988 at Niagara Galleries in Melbourne and she has mounted seventeen solo shows since, including four at grahame galleries + editions, Brisbane, three in NSW Regional Galleries and two at Langford 120, Melbourne.

Image: Possum skin bag, digital print on paper (2016)

Her works are held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Library of Australia, the Parliament House Collection, Canberra, and in many State, Regional and University collections. In 1995, her seven-volume artists’ book SOLOMON won the Fremantle Print Prize, the first artists’ book and the first digital work to do so, and in 2018 she won the Swan Hill Drawing Award. She was awarded a Siganto Artist’s Book Creative Fellowship at the State Library of Queensland in 2014. She now lives on the North Coast of New South Wales.

Jan Palethorpe

Jan Palethorpe was born in Melbourne and studied sculpture and printmaking at CIT from 1986-88 and the Victorian College of the Arts from 1983-84. Since 1978 she has exhibited in solo exhibitions at various venues including Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop New York, Woodbine Gallery Malmsbury, Powell Street Graphics, Leon Massoni at Tolarno Galleries, Art Space Footscray, Qdos Gallery Lorne, Gasworks Theatre, University of Melbourne Baillieu Library, and participated in many group exhibitions.

Image: Soul to snake to swan, mixed media (2018)

Jan Palethorpe was awarded first prize in the Guanlan International Print Prize 2017, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize (works on paper 2005, and highly commended 2009), and was awarded the drawing prize in the Swan Hill Regional Gallery Print and Drawing Acquisitive 2010. 

Leslie Thorton

One part of Leslie’s art practice is producing cut and paste images. He produced the press advertising and movie guides for the Castlemaine Theatre Royal from 1980 to 1999 whilst he was Manager. These were all cut and paste before computer graphics! Leslie is as astonished by the ugliness of advertising images that scream out from catalogues as much as he is by the beauty of reproduced postcards that he manipulates. He says, ‘When everyday familiar images are manipulated or altered a great power is released. The exploration of this phenomenon is a surprising insight into how we think.’

Image: Sexy and Dangerous (2019)

Marte Newcombe

Marte’s practice includes sculpture made from found metal objects, printmaking, digital art, painting and drawing.  The source inspiration comes from the use of recycled metal (Marte’s sculptures), images of earth from space (digital work inspired by working eight years in the USA for NASA in the Scientific Visualisation Studio), and a continuing multi-disciplinary approach which seeks to combine diverse media (printmaking).

Image: Da, Screenprint with collage elements and pastel (2017)

The main inspiration for the work comes from machines, tools and found objects.  The relationship between organic forms and the machines we create to fill our needs is of particular interest.  Marte reinvents the elements we have put of ourselves into our tools and machines in such a way that they no longer serve their intended function. They become new forms that are unique and at the same time refer back to their origins.

Marte’s work as a printmaker continues the sculptural technique of assemblage. She photographs her sculptures, then scans and digitally alters them. The next step is either hand drawn or computer-generated colour separations in preparation for hand printing serigraphs. Some of these prints are further worked with paint, lead and pastels.  Marte deconstructs and reinvents the sculptures in many different ways, a form of digital welding.

Melissa Scott

Melissa Scott was born in Melbourne and studied photography at Prahran College under John Cato. She completed her Honours in 2014 at La Trobe University and her Masters in Visual Arts in 2019.  She has exhibited in solo exhibitions and several group exhibitions. 

Image: Parliament House Canberra (2020)

Melissa’s work examines the representation of the female form in advertising and mass media through the medium of photography and montage.  Dolls, humour and anger are the tools that are used to subvert the stereotypical image of women. In this body of work Melissa is exploring colonialism.

Penny Peckham

Penny Peckham works primarily as a printmaker, often printing on found papers – including sheet music, book pages and maps.

Being disinclined to waste, she frequently cuts up proofs, test prints and misprints to add collage elements to her prints and artists books. The works included here utilise simple forms, both abstract and representational, to focus upon this element of her practice.

Prue Venables

Prue Venables has been a practitioner in ceramics since 1977.  She graduated from the Harrow College of Art Studio Pottery Course in London and returned to Australia in 1989. 

Prue’s work is handmade with an interest in industrial methods, materials and thinking.  She has travelled extensively investigating methods of firing unusual porcelain forms at high temperatures.  She was Creative Director of the Ceramics Studio at Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design in Adelaide where both semi-industrial methods and handmaking worked in tandem together. Prue resides in Castlemaine where her work has expanded to include the use of metal (silver and copper) in addition to the porcelain forms. In 2019, she was selected as the Australian Design Centre’s ‘Living Treasure – Master of Australian Craft’ with a major four year national touring exhibition, book and film.

Miranda Watts

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Miranda is a local Castlemaine artist with a keen interest in painting and collage.  She has had numerous exhibitions of her quirky work in the area. She combines different elements from various sources to create collages that question what we are viewing.