About Town - about the works
My family has a long history in Katoomba: some holidayed here, some lived here and one died here in tragic and spectacular circumstances after falling over a frozen Katoomba Falls in 1907.
Having lived here for a few years this place has given me many joys, new friends and opportunities, but there has always been a tinge of sadness in the air. My photographic work for this exhibit tries to reflect that mood.
I have been living in Katoomba for longer than I have lived anywhere else. My home, my town are an integral part of the work I make but the underlying influences go back as far back as early childhood and weave their way through all of the works. These pieces reflect an interest in the domestic crafts of furniture making and sewing that were part of my life as a child watching my parents making all kinds of things around me. I am interested in exploring and manipulating the potential that all kinds of materials offer to create a kind of visual “sentence” to represent a synaesthetic logic that crosses the boundary between image and language.
These paintings are inspired by the ‘far-famed’ town of Katoomba. They depict ordinary, haiku-like moments observed about the town that have a quiet drama about them.
I find Katoomba a rich source of inspiration. In visual terms alone, it has a dramatic topography that produces unexpected streetscapes, vistas and architecture; its major streets run east-west into sunrises and sunsets, or north-south into or away from the midday sun; and its period ‘inner-city’ urbanism is intriguingly juxtaposed with the big skies and the vast wilderness that surround it. Add to this the more psychological layers of Katoomba's unique social and cultural history and it's an endlessly captivating place!
'The Magical Parade'
In this series of digital artworks, Michel Streich explores the annual Katoomba Winter Magic festival.
The festival, which has been celebrated close to the time of the winter solstice for the last 24 years, has strong connections to the town, the local residents and the surrounding nature.
Michel has combined his unique style of pen and ink line drawings with historic photographs and objects found in Katoomba to create a suite of prints inspired by the happy and slightly mad revellers that populate the town during the Winter Magic festivities.
ABOUT TOWN -
4 Artists Explore Their Hometown - Katoomba
Martin Walker, Faye Wilson, Tohby Riddle, Michel Streich
18 May to 4 June
opening drinks with the artists:
Saturday 26 May - 2 to 4pm
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