Artistic bond helps mum stay connected

window for local talent
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Judy is an award-winning artist working out of the Tresillian Community Centre in Nedlands and Alexandra, a Year 11 student at St Stephen’s School in Duncraig, is showing the same artistic edge.

The women are exhibiting together for the first time in an open art award, at the City of Joondalup’s Community Art Exhibition, on show at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City until June 22.

Judy’s work is a gilded plaster frame around a small portrait of her 16-year-old daughter while Alexandra’s portrays herself and a friend at the Big Day Out.

Judy said the teenager’s style had developed since early childhood, fostered at Alinjarra Primary School’s early childhood program run by Melanie Brightman, who tapped into her vivid imagination.

Alexandra has continued to learn from books, and school visual art and design classes.

‘As a parent, I am grieving, in a sense, losing my grown-up first-born but so grateful that through our common interest of art I am gaining her back in my life,’ Judy said.

‘It sounds a bit dramatic but there are not many things teenagers are willing to do with their parents at this age.

‘I am trying to influence her to be enthusiastic about art and help her in any way.’

Meanwhile, Judy will exhibit two abstracts in Pure contemplation without knowledge 5 at the Nyisztor Studio in Melville from June 23 to July 14.

‘For some of the artists like me who mainly paint figurative art, this type of project is very inspiring ” pushing us out to another expression, making us expand and try different things,’ she said. ‘To paint abstracts is not easy, like learning a foreign language.

‘My works pay homage to Yoyoi Kusama, whose installations and paintings in the 60s and early 70s were very influential on me.’

The Melville show will open Wednesdays to Saturdays, 10am-5pm and Sundays, 2-5pm.