Sat 9 Jan 2021
Sun 31 Jan 2021
- Lee Shelden
- Sally Roadknight
Local artists Lee Shelden & Sally Roadknight offer us the beauty in everyday objects and the inspiration of place through their drawings and baskets.
Quiet Spaces: A Retrospective reveals Lee Shelden’s desire for quiet, solitary spaces in a world where we are bombarded by noise and busyness. Her work focuses on small, simple, everyday things, presented through finely detailed pencil drawings. Lee says: ‘There is drama and mystery in the way the light changes the folds in a piece of fabric; warmth remains in a tattered moth’s wing’.
Sally Roadknight has always been inspired by the landscape, interpreting it through a variety of techniques and materials. During lockdown Sally created Lockdown Landscapes and Baskets, focusing on a familiar and more intimate landscape – drawing the everyday objects of her immediate surroundings and shaping baskets out of native grass and recycled fabrics.
Quiet Spaces: A Retrospective
Lee Shelden – Artist statement
My work is generated primarily by the need for quiet, solitary spaces in a world where we are bombarded by noise and busyness. Colour pencil with its fineness and immediacy allows an intimacy that I hope to contain in the drawings. I focus on small, simple, everyday things: there is drama and mystery in the way the light changes the folds in a piece of fabric; warmth remains in a tattered moth’s wing.
At an early age I was seduced by fabric with its varying textures, weights and colours. Tertiary studies began with fashion design at RMIT. Ten years later while studying visual arts at the Gippsland Institute, fabric increasingly became my subject matter. Forty years on, it remains important.
For the last twenty-four years I have been working from a small studio on the edge of the bush at Clydesdale.
Lockdown Landscapes and Baskets
Sally Roadknight – Artist Statement
After working as an Infant teacher for ten years I returned to study and completed a fine art degree at the VCA. The landscape has always been my inspiration and interpreting it in a personal way using a variety of techniques and materials, my challenge. During 2020 I have been concentrating on drawing the everyday objects of my immediate surroundings – focusing on a familiar and more intimate landscape. Likewise the baskets, their practical forms made using native grass and recycled fabrics.