A Jo Mellor & Bernadette Facer exhibition
13th - 23rd November 2019.
White Rhino Artspace.
62 Atchison Street, St. Leonards, 2060.
Opening: Thursday 14th 6-8pm.
Facer's work responds to her concerns around our persistent role in nature’s demise: in particular the declining river systems through nitrate leaching and the failures within the current water management schemes.
Often thinking of her works as unfinished fragments of memory. They sit within an archetypal landscape, by means of print, and assemblage.Current installations, incorporate delicate relief lines, abstract hybrid landscapes, mono-print and found objects. Works depict the residuum, or matter remaining after evaporation of our waterways. The use of pixels within a work serves as a remark on man-made erosion, an error which we must correct. Similarly, the use of ‘halftone’ screenprint is used to discuss man’s patchwork of solutions in regards to rural water management schemes.
It can be observed that Facer's artistic processes are often influenced by the sombre and contemplative black protest paintings of Ralph Hotere. Works often depict braided rivers as shadow water or ata wai. Black on black printing methods is used to serve as a dual representation for memory and of the depletion of the resource, in the agricultural district from which she hails, Waitara (Canterbury).
Facer’s works in this exhibition were produced during the residency at Primrose Park Artist Studios. North Sydney Council are gratefully acknowledged for their support in the provision of the studio. Facer’s Sydney studio is open the last Sunday of each month or by appointment.