Singing Island’s Praises

Rhonda Stevens' 'Island Songs' artist profile can be found at Sylvia Ditchburn Fine Art Gallery until 12 November. IMAGE: Auguries as we Paddle in the Predawn of a New Day by Rhonda Stevens

Magnetic Island’s Rhonda Stevens has brought a slice of the Island and a taste of her work to Sylvia Ditchburn Fine Art Gallery for the first time, with her Island Songs artist profile on display until 12 November 2017.

The artist profile is a small sample of Rhonda’s work, and draws inspiration from the surrounding environment.

“I work intuitively; I start playing with colours and forms, then juxtapose them together and try to work on the dynamics of what I’m trying to express – I love working in symbols. The works on display at the gallery are inspired by my island life, which is especially evident in the aluminium piece with the boat featured. Every time we come or go from the island, we do so by boat. I’m interested in poetry and reading different things, so over time collect things – I’m eclectic. I call my work gestural assemblage,” said Rhonda.

“This artist profile has come about through me popping in to the gallery a bit lately, and on one occasion I asked Sylvia if I could put a piece of work in the gallery. It was then Sylvia’s idea for it to be more of an artist profile with a few pieces rather than just the one, and I was thrilled with that: it’s still only a small snippet, but gives more of an idea of my work.

“The pieces are part of a larger series I’ve been working on called Island Songs – it’s a bit of an ongoing series, among a few other series I’ve been working on lately.

“I started out with sculptures, but have fallen in love with printmaking and am staying with that for now – I’m starting to work on a full exhibition using installation as part of the form, but I’m not sure exactly what that will look like yet – and won’t know until the very end, because it’s all process-driven.”

Find Rhonda Stevens’ Island Songs artist profile at Sylvia Ditchburn Fine Art Gallery until 12 November. Rhonda’s work will also be showcased in Umbrella Studio contemporary arts’ Pop-Up North Queensland Christmas shop at 261 Flinders Street from this Sunday.

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