Inhabited

detail of work by Heidi Smith

Inhabited

Katrina Barter . Amy Campbell . John Hart . Robbie Karmel . Pinal Maniar . Rozalie Sherwood . Heidi Smith . Wallabindi

Studio Studio, 57 Dacre St Mitchell

Opening: 6pm Friday 3 May 2024

Exhibition: 11am – 4pm Wed-Sun, 4-12 May 2024

Artist Talk: 2pm 11 May 2024

Often working out of sight – squirreled away in garage studios, spare bedrooms and self-managed spaces – Gungahlin is full of artists creating, contributing to their communities and adding depth to the culture of our region.

Inhabited features works by 8 such artists who live or work in the region.   Featuring textiles, painting, woodwork, mixed media, assemblage and more, this exhibition begins to uncover some of the breadth of practice that is happening in our community.  Inhabited aims to contribute to a dialogue that centres Gungahlin as a creative and vibrant district where artists are considered an integral part of the fabric of our geographic identity.

About the Artists

Katrina Barter

Katrina Barter is a Canberra-based artist currently working across painting and textiles. Her work revolves around a central concept of the grid as a metaphor for consciousness. Her current practice consists of contemplations on the nature of memory, abstracting photographed observational moments into interpretive ‘memoryscapes’ that highlight the subjectivity of our experiences. 

Instagram: @katrinabarter.art

Amy Campbell

Amy Campbell is an emerging artist who works with mixed-media and painting to produce works that are wild, chaotic and colourful. Amy graduated with First Class Honours from ANU School of Art 2016. She lives and works in Canberra and has been actively exhibiting her work for several years, with her first solo exhibition debuting at Canberra Contemporary Art Space in 2017. She has designed banners for the City Renewal Authority and has also been involved in public art projects for Art, Not Apart and the Design Canberra Festival.

Website: amy-campbell.com

Instagram: @amycampbellart

John Hart

John Hart is a painter, printmaker and photographer, living and working in Canberra, Australia.

John is currently a senior technical officer at the ANU School of Art and Design, and maintains an active exhibiting and teaching practice, teaching oils, watercolour, drawing and all forms of printmaking.

Website: johnhartartist.com

Instagram: @john_hart_artist

Robbie Karmel

Robbie Karmel completed his PhD at UNSW A+D and returned to Canberra in 2019 to establish Studio Studio in Mitchell with Richard Blackwell. His research and practice explore concepts of mimetic representation, phenomenological embodiment, perception, tool use, and representation through expanded drawing practices, extending into printmaking, sculptural and performative methods.

Working with charcoal, oilstick and graphite on paper or timber surfaces, Karmel maps out the body relying on the intermodal array of senses, challenging dominant opticentric modes of picture making. This work includes the production of studio furniture, apparatus, and tools to facilitate and interrupt solo and collaborative performative drawing processes. Karmel has had solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth and has undertaken residencies nationally and internationally.

Website: rkarmel.com

Instagram: @robbiekarmel

Pinal Maniar

Driven by a passion for handcrafted textiles, Pinal’s experience spans printing, weaving, dyeing, quilting, and traditional textile crafts techniques. After many years in the fabric design and manufacturing industry, she is now focused entirely on hand-made, unique, and sustainable textiles. These textiles are a medium for exploring the creative possibilities of natural materials and patterns. They are a statement about making locally and sustainably, and the artworks speak directly about the environment in which they are made.

Website: idyll-ink.com

Instagram: @idyllink

Facebook: @idyll.ink

Heidi Smith

Heidi Smith lives and works on unceded Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country, Canberra ACT. She grew up in a family of artists, craftspeople, dress makers, gardeners and poets. Heidi has made art for over forty years, primarily creating drawings and textile installations that examine the role of the artist in society, their responsibilities, challenges and why we should cultivate creativity as an inherent personal and societal force for kindness and empathy.

Rozalie Sherwood

Rozalie Sherwood is a textile artist who usually works in inks and acrylics on linen, favouring the medium for their refusal to be tightly controlled. After drawing with ink and acrylic, she uses a sewing machine needle as if it were a pen or pencil – with a technique that allows movement in any direction – to create variations in tone and depth. The stitching holds, contains and supports the story being told.

Having worked in the fashion industry as a practitioner and then teacher, Sherwood has refined her use of textiles and uses her familiarity with fabric, paint and the tools of the textile trade to her advantage, to reflect her experiences and convey ideas. By creating work that embodies the emotion generated by a story or experience, Sherwood’s work becomes a container for stories. Preferring intuitive line-making to precision, she embraces and highlights the accidental.

Instagram: @rozalie.sherwood

Wallabindi

Wallabindi is a contemporary Aboriginal (Wadandi Bibbulmun Noongar/Yamatji) and Burmese artist who has been creating on Ngunnawal Country for over 20 years.

She is particularly interested in art from a sustainability perspective, transforming carefully selected reclaimed materials into functional works of art.

Her commissioned works form part of many private collections both locally and internationally.

Wallabindi’s ever evolving works are, for her, a form of reclamation, both of her culture and her voice as a woman, in contemporary society.

Instagram: @Wallabindi_Dreaming