Thursday, September 6, 2018

 

High Country inspires Tawonga artist Barbel Ullrich

With a focus on the exploration into representations of land and place, Art Space Wodonga's newest exhibition Archetypes and Land: Spiritual Belonging features a series of art works by Tawonga artist Barbel Ullrich.

Ullrich reflects a deep and sacred appreciation of, and connection to, Earth through her tactile exhibition, which will open on Friday, September 7.

The PhD student, who splits her time between Chiltern and Tawonga, used unusual techniques such as burying calico in the earth and rivers.

Ullrich said she wanted to show the land as something that was infinite, and even though it changed, it was always present.
"Where my work comes from, there is a particular site on my property," she said.

"It's a site where two creeks actually meet ... the idea for this was to show the environment in its different changes and fluxes.
"All of my work has been inspired by or produced at this site."

"My works uses lots of layers including painting, printmaking and drawing."

The majority of Ullrich's work is touchable and the artist welcomes visitors to explore her exhibition through touch.

The exhibition will be officially opened on Saturday, September 8 at 2pm by Neill Overton, senior lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture at Charles Sturt University.

Barbel Ullrich will also deliver an artist talk on Saturday, September 15 at 10am where she will discuss the methods and motivations behind the visual presentation of her PhD.

There will also be a holiday printing workshop where participants can learn the basics of creating your own linocut with local artist Linda Fish on Wednesday, September 26 from 2pm to 4pm.

Archetypes and Land: Spiritual Belonging by Barbel Ullrich
When: Friday, September 7 to October 13
Where: Arts Space Wodonga

The exhibition will be open for a sneak peek today, Thursday, September 6 from 10.30am to 11am.