Wedge Island girl goes back to roots with exhibition

Artist Clare Detchon with her paintings of Wedge Island.Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d445469
Artist Clare Detchon with her paintings of Wedge Island.Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d445469

ARTIST Clare Detchon’s exhibition, Wedge Island: Snapshots, will open at the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre this month.

Her paintings examine the landscape and community of the coastal shack settlement north of Perth.

Detchon spent her childhood holidaying at her family’s shack at Wedge Island and has always wanted to depict the beauty and strong sense of community found there in her artwork.

The dramatic colour palette, sense of space and shifting light at Wedge has been inspirational for her new works in which she has swapped from drawing with charcoal to brightly coloured paints.

“Wedge is such a unique place, inspiring in its beauty and open space,” Detchon said. “There is a certain freedom and care for each other within the community which I wanted to capture in these works.”

The exhibition will run from Friday to November 23 at the 3 Rocca Way venue.