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Elspeth Shannon - Strange Fruit


Sat 26 Nov 2016, 11:00am–3:00pm
Sun 27 Nov 2016, 11:00am–3:00pm
Mon 28 Nov 2016, 11:00am–3:00pm
Tue 29 Nov 2016, 11:00am–3:00pm
Wed 30 Nov 2016, 11:00am–3:00pm

Where: Zimmerman Art Gallery, 329 Main Street, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

For the month of November 2016, Zimmerman is delighted to exhibit a new body of work by painter Elspeth Shannon.

Artist’s Statement

“This latest body of work deliberately plays with the slippage between representation and figuration.

Paintings begin as a chance process with loose bold applications of paint and inks. Gradually, through building, destroying and painting over with more deliberate mark making, an underlying order begins to emerge and it’s around here that the painting may start to suggest forms of plants or animals.

It’s as though I’m constantly altering and adjusting the visual framework of some invisible reality.

Painting is very much about the process with the image being secondary to the making. Eventually, the feeling of visual anxiety is gone and the work is done.

Unlike most of my previous work, each painting is completed with no initial idea or subject matter in mind. I celebrate the varied interpretation this process allows.

It’s an exciting ‘white knuckle ride’ that is challenging yet ultimately rewarding.”

The exhibition of Elspeth Shannon’s new works runs at Zimmerman until 30 November 2016.

*Elspeth Shannon holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) from Massey University, Wellington. The artist lives and works in Paekakariki on the Kapiti Coast.

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