‘I thought I could fly…’ is an exhibition of new work by Kerry Spokes. Included in the exhibition are drawings, iphoneography and printmaking – (including drypoint, lithography and monoprint techniques) with mixed media included in many of the pieces.
Anthropomorphic characters feature regularly in Kerry Spokes work, with birdlike human forms a recurring motif through the various media used.
Kerry recently completed an Artist in Schools residency during winter at Newhaven College on Phillip Island, working with year 10 students from arts, drama, media and graphics classes using the iPad and various apps to create digital collage artworks.
Known for her ‘iphoneography’ artwork, Kerry was invited to apply by the college to be the Artist in Residence for 2016.
A recent successful solo exhibition at Tacit Contemporary Art gallery in Melbourne and an exhibition booked there for November 2017, plus a residency secured for August 2017 at Mildura Art Vault for 3 weeks will see Kerry working in her studio any spare time she can manage.
My work for the last few years has been based loosely around the human condition using the metaphors of flying and falling.
A look at our human fascination with flight, gravity and the sky, whilst also looking at the notion of ‘flying’ to depict a positive sense of wellbeing, and ‘falling’ depicting a less positive view – a metaphor for humankind being ‘in control’ yet ‘out of control’.
In control of our own life, in control of what occurs around us, in control of our sense of place in the world……in reality the fragility of that control can change in a second altering everything in our ‘ordered’ lives.
Whilst exploring these concepts I am also exploring combining various forms of printmaking and drawing together to create mixed media works.
I particularly enjoy making these works as they afford me the opportunity to experiment with various media to create a suite of images which are all unique.