Leading into the festive season and the tradition of gift-giving, ‘gifted’ local artists Sue Cotton and Jane Button to offer an insight into their creative practices through exhibition, residency and workshops.
Sue Cotton has created art all her life. With pen and paper ever ready, Cotton finds drawing allows her to think, ideas flowing along with the pen. For GIFTED, her body of work is a distillation of all her years of drawing, sparked by a phrase or a statement from a friend, a family member, or eaves dropped from a stranger on a train. She makes these snatches of conversation visible not so much through her intricately drawn lines but through the negative spaces created between these lines. These gaps or negative spaces form a language of their own as Cotton draws on and on.
Local artist Jane Button grew up surrounded by the natural beauty of the Perth hills. She considers herself a collector and is fascinated by the assemblage of objects. Button explains, “Sometimes the most fragile objects in nature are the most powerful. My works are not big and full of grandeur, but made of small, seemingly insignificant components that all come together to form a story.” Her ‘match box’ works treasure captured moments in time, while her ‘boats’ evoke the fragility of life’s journey. Button is in residence on Thursdays and will present workshops for all ages throughout GIFTED (Bookings essential).