A world of ideas

Four artists collaborated for Pencil, Print and Prose (clockwise from top left), Lesley Le Grove, Hettie Rowley, Jane Ziemons and Val Shaw.
Four artists collaborated for Pencil, Print and Prose (clockwise from top left), Lesley Le Grove, Hettie Rowley, Jane Ziemons and Val Shaw.

Lesley Le Grove, from New Zealand, Hettie Rowley, of South Africa, Jane Ziemons, of Scotland, and Val Shaw, of Zimbabwe, are exhibiting Pencil, Print and Prose until Friday, November 22.

Each has an individual installation space where their work includes printmaking, drawing, poetry, wirework, sewing, found objects and collage. Themes differ ” from Fashion changes us (Lesley) and Little deaths and other secrets (Hettie) to Listening (Jane) and A state of being (Val) ” but the four have found common threads.

‘Unwittingly, areas of common interest have emerged in all bodies of work, such as the passing of time and the ongoing journey, presenting a tenuous link from one installation to the next,’ said Shaw, who is also gallery co-ordinator. ‘This exhibition strongly reflects the complexity of the human mind.

‘Four artists from four different countries, when given the same directive, present work of such material diversity yet common threads link trains of thought and areas of collective interest.’

Shaw said their focus was personal experiences and histories.

‘Individual responses and approaches are evident as each artist reviewed the essence of the exhibition title,’ she said. ‘Thereafter, they formulated their own sub-titles in support of personal concepts, ideas and use of media.’

The exhibition at the Central Walk gallery is open Tuesdays to Fridays, 10am-2pm.

The City of Joondalup’s Arts in Focus initiative will host the four at an artists’ development talk on Wednesday, November 20, 7pm, with all welcome.