Artist Type Semi Professional
My creativity is how I communicate, from the tiny art pieces to the huge murals, they each have an aspect of singing, dancing and prayer that I hold inside me. Colour conveys mood weather its soft and calm or loud when I really want your attention. My works, no matter how big or small are created in layers sometimes for depth of colour and sometimes to partially hide a detail or only give a sneaky glimpse of something. I want you to look closely, to be surprised at what you find and to make your own meaning from what you find. I take time to create, I’m not concerned with the hours I put into a piece because while I’m creating, I’m immersed in the moment. I will use sweeping arm movements or intense hand gestures across my work and the greatest thrill is when I’ve spent hours deeply involved in the work and feel that only moments have passed. This is the prayer stage and I can’t put a price on any of that. ”This Is how I sing dance and pray.”
My artwork is vibrant and heavily textured. I build layers using a mixture of paint, collage and resin. My works on board, multipanel or canvas include resin. I describe myself as a ‘constructor of art’ experimenting with a variety of resins, tints and techniques to push the properties of the resin and create more texture and depth in my pieces. I am currently on a journey to find Australian made responsible (eco) resin.
My tiny art range includes handmade jewelry, coasters and miniatures, which make truly unique local art gifts. I create the pieces with sea glass, polymer clay and gems embellished with anything that suits the character of the piece including seeds and dried flowers.
I like to recycle furniture incorporating resin to bring life back to damaged, broken and ugly items.
I have recently completed a new body of work after many stops and starts and dead ends in 2020. In a world seemingly gone mad, slowing down and reflecting helped me to focus on why I became a full time artist. I have things to say, opinions and thoughts about life and the world we inhabit. Art helps me to express this and also to understand myself better. If you have read any of my artists statements over time or met me in my previous life in Early Childhood Education you will know that I am passionate about 'belonging'.
The 2020 works are small 30 x 30 's created in up to 5 layers of resin, collage, acrylic, aerosol, crushed glass and plastic waste. They explore a sense of belonging which leads to social responsibility! The work is significant to me , a comment on the environment! Why we all need to think about the things we have the power to change every day in simple ways. I’m not a climate change activist, a greenie, I don't wear a label! I just believe we are in this together, what connects us is our responsibility for the individual choices we make every day. We only get one life, one planet earth, one now! If we belong we will care.
My work has recently focused on miniatures, exploring lighter, brighter colours and native plants and seeds. This is a bit of a side step for me from my usual ocean works. It feels like it might be an attempt to move away from resin for a while. I'm still in love with resin and I doubt Ill ever fully stop using it but while it lends itself so well to ocean works, its not as necessary for native plants.
Awards & Career highlights
2019 - Opening of Gennifer Anderson Art. A Renew Wollongong Initiative Crown St Mall Wollongong. Guest Artist Jayne Wilson Memorial Art Prize and Exhibition. Community project 'To Everything there is a Season' .
2019 - Group show at Wollongong Art Gallery with Shellharbour City Art Society September 2019
2016 - Group exhibitions & Solo Exhibtion at Minnamurra Cafe. KidsFest events including 'Picasso Calves','Mushroom Garden', 'Paper Lanterns', 'The Festival Hub ‘Creative Sparks’, 'Artstrail#Killalea'
2016 - Artwork Commissioning Shellharbour Hospital Ambulatory Care Centre. 1st & 2nd Prize's at Albion Park Show & group exhibitions at Kiama Fire Station, Shellharbour Exhibition space, Project Contemporary Artspace and the Old Courthouse Wollongong
2017 - Winner of the Jayne Wilson Memorial Art Prize. Street Panel Project and Lightbox at Wollongong Arts Precinct.
Albion Park NSW 2527
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