FOUR WA artists are showcasing their work at the 18th Asian Art Biennale in Bangladesh in September.
The art of Jillian Ciemitis, Judy Rogers, Monique Tippet and Peter Ciemitis explores Australian nature and its relationship to the biennale theme: ‘the effect of technological change in the traditional world’.
Mrs Ciemitis, of Innaloo, is a photographer whose digitally manipulated Banksia series reflects the biennale theme.
“We are bringing a lot of Australia with the natural elements in our work,” she said.
Her husband Peter uses his art to explore the landscape of the face and psyche.
He has been shortlisted twice for the Archibald Prize and his biennale piece Shock of the New #2 is his depiction of society recoiling at the pace and extent of technological and social change.
“There’s a particular kudos you enjoy from this type of project, because we’re invited by the organisers,” he said.
“It has a lot of gravitas, that’s a thrill.”
Mr Ciemitis will also give a speech at the biennale, which runs throughout September.
His speech at a two-day symposium will cover the four artists work and offer his outlook on current Australian art.
Ms Tippet’s sculptural and wall-based art is heavily influenced by the natural environment of jarrah forest around her Dwellingup base.
Ms Tippet’s work is all around Perth, including numerous pieces at Sir Charles Gardner Mental Health Hospital and a large piece at the office of the Premier.
The piece she is presenting in Bangladesh is called Transpiration.
It represents the process of a tree absorbing water up through its trunk.
This internal process, where we cannot see the water, alludes to the drought in Australia.
“I have been experimenting with bark and tree forms,” Ms Tippet said.
“I was thinking about how water is dragged up through the trees, all the way up to the canopy.”
Ms Rogers is the fourth artist of the group going to Bangladesh.
Her painting Awe depicts native flora which she sees around her Alexander Heights home, and is set against the harsh and intense sky hues of the Australian summer.
Ms Rogers is also taking part in an artist in residency program in Russia, which you can read about here.
Mr Ciemitis thanked the Department of Culture and the Arts for its support to attend the biennale.