Artist shows Fremantle Port cranes in new light


Stacy Gardoll with her paintings.
Stacy Gardoll with her paintings.

THE Fremantle Port cranes might be considered a blight on the Swan River skyline by some, but artist Stacy Gardoll sees them as a thing of beauty.

The artist has used her signature combination of translucent and opaque layers to create a series of almost 20 pieces of work depicting Fremantle’s working wharf and wider city.

She said she did not try to replicate photographs but instead tried to express movement and emotion through brushstrokes and tone.

“I love being able to express ideas creatively, especially when the subject inspires me,” she said.

“Painting for me is a layered process, where a piece is formed over time in much the same way as in nature.

“Through this exhibition I’ve been focusing on the combination of the natural landscape with the man-made elements of the wharf. The juxtaposition of these two elements intrigue me, as does the tension between the two.

“This will be a small and very personal exhibition and I’ve deliberately chosen a small venue because I want to create an intimate, informal setting for my pieces, somewhere people can reacquaint themselves with Fremantle and lose themselves for a while.”

Portside is at Paperbird Gallery in Henry Street from September 16 to 22.

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