Artist wants Art Gallery of WA exhibition to be a place to relax

d494997 White Gum Valley artist Eveline Kotai at her home studio. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
d494997 White Gum Valley artist Eveline Kotai at her home studio. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

EVELINE Kotai wants her exhibition at the Art Gallery of WA (AGWA) to be a place people can get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

The White Gum Valley artist’s Breathing Patterns exhibition is a part of the gallery’s WA Now series, which showcases new work from the state’s artists.

Among Ms Kotai’s work are canvas reconstructions, which involves cutting up and reworking her own paintings into new works.

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“It’s a different way of going about things, you are starting at a different beginning,” she said.

“Everything comes from something before and it’s a continuum.”

The exhibition runs from August 17-January 20 next year and includes an artist talk on September 14.

Ms Kotai said it was exciting to exhibit at AGWA because there was going to be a steady stream of visitors.

“It’s a much wider audience and it’s a chance for them to see what WA artists are doing,” she said.

“I know when I head to the city, I like to see what local artists are creating.

“I want the exhibition to be a calming place, a refuge from the hustle and bustle.”