Friends celebrate artistic journey


Friends and artists Laurie Cochrane and Andrea Day are holding their first joint |exhibition.   Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d449348
Friends and artists Laurie Cochrane and Andrea Day are holding their first joint |exhibition. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d449348

Friends from the time they met at Curtin University in 2001, the pair have joined forces to bring exhibition to the Atwell Gallery.

The collection of works includes paintings, drawings, clay works and contemporary jewellery, but it is the effort that went into their creation, rather than the finished products, that takes centre stage.

“We want people to see our artistic process and encourage them to engage in their own process,” Ms Day said.

“Instead of just showcasing finished, resolved work, we’re trying to encourage the joy that comes with the creation of art.”

To facilitate that engagement, the diaries of both Mrs Cochrane and Ms Day will be on display alongside their work, giving an insight into the inspiration, planning and creation behind the pieces.

It is the first time the two women will exhibit their work together, despite multiple attempts during their 15-year friendship.

“Andrea has suggested we do something together, but I’ve always said I just didn’t see anything that connected our different works,” Mrs Cochrane said. “Turns out it didn’t have to be a specific thing, rather it’s the spirit of inspiration.”

The exhibition runs until Sunday, February 14 and will be open to the public from 10am to 4.30pm each day.

Both artists will be present each day, and at noon on Wednesday, they will host a Lunchtime in the Gallery talk, an open discussion about the processes behind their work and where inspiration comes from.