Applecross resident takes inspiration from her family for artwork in the City of Melville’s Annual Art Awards exhibition

Applecross resident Daniela Dlugocz has artwork featured in the City of Melville's Annual Art Awards exhibition. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Applecross resident Daniela Dlugocz has artwork featured in the City of Melville's Annual Art Awards exhibition. Picture: Martin Kennealey

FAMILY is a major theme for Applecross resident Daniela Dlugocz’s artwork in the City of Melville’s Annual Art Awards exhibition.

The exhibition will include more than 260 artworks from established and emerging WA artists and will be run at the City’s Civic Centre from Saturday, September 8, to Sunday, September 16.

The German-born artist, who moved to Australia from the city of Braunschweig 12 years following a scholarship, will have artwork featuring her daughter Celia in the exhibition.

“I used to be really into things like jelly fish but things have changed since I had children and my work has become a bit more personal,” she said.

“My work was always just one or two colours like black and white but this piece featured more colours.

“I felt so connected to the piece. Celia is like a mini version of myself, so inspirational and so full of life.

“The exhibition is a good opportunity to showcase my work but every artist loves to win things.

“There’s not as many commercial galleries around so this is a chance to do what you want while fitting into the requirements.”

Dlugocz will also take part in the second annual City of Melville Open Studios and Exhibitions Art Trail on September 8 and 9.

“I want to share what I do, I’m not secretive,” she said.

“I want people to see how I use space rather than selling artwork to them.”