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Published on 19/12/2017 12:10 am. 0 CommentsPost Comment

2017

December

The year’s events also included the Sydney and Melbourne launch of ‘Gerald Lewers Sculptor’, a book by the late Professor Peter Pinson about my maternal grandfather Australian Sculptor Gerald Lewers, husband to artist Margo Lewers.

A film about Gerry’s life and work is on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/209047680


‘The Motion Room’, September 30 – November 19, 2017 was launched at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre completing Chapter 1 of the ‘What We Know’ Project. The exhibition showcased stories from the most diverse part of greater Sydney, formulated through printmedia about everyday life in Western Sydney with its many cultures, perspectives and histories. An article I wrote about the project to accompany the ‘The Motion Room’ Exhibition is available onhttp://imprint.org.au/posts

 

Jane Stratton (Creative Director, Think + DO Tank Foundation) and I worked together during the workshops and subsequent exhibition at CPAC; our vision to involve more people over time and expand the project as a creative voice for the community in Western Sydney. The project was assisted by the Australian Government, through the Australia Council for the Arts its arts funding and advisory body. Jane Stratton developed the original concept as one of a series of ongoing projects that investigate, support and operate as a means to increase community control over everyday life in Green Valley, Liverpool and central Fairfield. 

 

The work I created for the ‘What We Know’ Residency, titled ‘Glow’.



                                                            Artist: Pia Larsen

                                                            Title: Glow

                                                            Dimensions: 56 x 76cm



Images from the printmedia workshops held at the Liverpool Women’s Resource Centre and Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, 2016 – 17.



                                   Naimeh Abu-Qalbain pulling a proof at the Liverpool Women’s Resource



                   

Jane Stratton, Pia Larsen, Michelle Munzone, Vicki Wacha, Zahra Mahde & Susan Stewart in the Printmedia Studio, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.

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April 

‘Their Loss is Our Loss’ was a month-long exhibition timed to coincide with ANZAC Day, a National Day to commemorate sacrifice. It was specifically installed in SLOT because of its proximity to Redfern and Redfern's long association with Indigenous people and their history in Sydney.  

In this work an Indigenous Honour Roll, (created for the exhibition, ‘The Coloured Digger II’, at the Damien Minton Gallery in Redfern) formed part of something immense in scope, that reaches far back in time and celebrates Indigenous people and their culture in Australia today. 

The project was supported by Tony Twigg, Director of SLOT and Anie Nheu curator for the 2017 SLOT exhibition program and received the Eckersley’s Art & Craft Prize, through the NSW Artist’s Grant program, NAVA/Arts NSW. 

I was granted permission to use the colours of the Australian Aboriginal Flag by Pastor Ray Minniecon, (Redfern ANZAC Day march Coordinator), when I first conceived of an ‘Indigenous Poppy’ for the exhibition at the Damien Minton Gallery.



     

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2016

What We Know...

The residency began in September and involved facilitating a community artmaking project using print media around the idea of  ‘What We Know’ at the Liverpool Women's Resource Centre. She was made a Research Affiliate to coordinate and complete the project at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. The final printing will be undertaken at Sydney College of the Arts in November - December 2016  and exhibited at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in 2017.



In November she co-curated and exhibited in  ‘Flag Wavering', at SLOT space in Alexandria, to coincide with the outcome of the US presidntial election on November the 8th. The exhibited work examined the American flag as a visual and historic symbol. In the show she exhibited three carton works from her US residency in 2015, along with new carton and bottle works in paper-pulp, gouache and watercolour applied with stencilling and brush.



In May she had a work titled  ‘Welcome US’ selected for the Print Council of Australia Print Commission Program by Roger Butler, Senior Curator, Australian Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Australia and John Loane, Master Printer and artist, Viridian Press.



The image reconfigured two of the sculptural carton works from her artist’s 
residency at the WSW in New York. The title, ‘Welcome US’ is conferred as 
a slogan of hope against the reflex to exclude. The PCA promoted the 
Commissioned works through National venues, Blue Mountains Cultural 
Centre, Canopy Art Centre QLD, University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery 
QLD, West Gallery Thebarton SA, Port Jackson Press Print Gallery VIC & 
Megalo Print Studio + Gallery ACT.



Published on 11/12/2017 11:41 am. 0 CommentsPost Comment

2015

Artist’s residency - New York!

In October - November 2015 she undertook an artist’s residency at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York creating three bodies of work. Two in sculpture, utilising papermaking and found objects, and the third, images in printmedia.

      
December 2, 2015 by Chelsea Campbell

                                                                                          



Portrait (Pia Larsen reading) - City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
Photographer/Artist: Analia Gutierrez

                                                                  

Published on 11/12/2017 11:22 am. 0 CommentsPost Comment

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