For many years Walker Street Gallery has staged She, an exhibition showcasing the work of Australian female artists.
Over the years She has featured the work of many amazing and diverse artists, and has given many emerging artists a chance to show their talent.
In 2017 the exhibition will have a fresh focus, giving five artists the opportunity to take a leap into the professional art world by giving each of them the opportunity to present a small body of work.
The step from art school to the professional world can be daunting, but this year’s exhibition will identify artists with potential and provide them with the encouragement to take that step.
Four of the five artists were selected from art school graduate exhibitions held in late 2016, while the fifth artist was selected from a call out for proposals from artists who have entered the She competition over the past two years.
The exhibition will open at the Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre on Tuesday, 14 March and will continue until Saturday 22 April. An official opening will be held on Thursday, 16 March at 6.30pm, while every Saturday the gallery will host one of the five exhibiting artists to talk about her work.
Lidia Cirianni Cirianni graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours from RMIT in 2016. The exploitation of unnecessary suffering is a common theme in her work, which is unconventional yet sophisticated. Cirianni creates objects that explore vulnerability and fragility.
Grace Fraraccio Fraraccio graduated from Monash University’s Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2016. She delights in noticing the absurdity of life and then creating things that invite others to notice them too. Fraraccio’s love for literature creeps its way into aspects of her practice and has led her to a study of visual puns and surrealist poetry.
Wendy Grace Grace has been a long time contributor to Walker Street Gallery’s 9 by 5 and She exhibitions. Her abstract paintings are inspired by the synthesis of colour, texture and forms found in the natural landscape. Her organic, translucent, large and small scale paintings on paper and canvas suggest the process of growth and change.
Silvi Kadillari Kadillari completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours at Monash University in 2016. Her work employs the curtain as a motif, which allows for an investigation of space and a softening of boundaries. Her artwork incorporates digital imaging, projection, performance, installation and documentation.
Hayley Tan Tan graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2016. Sitting herself on the ledge of windows, Tan’s practice explores the space in between reality and longing, Malaysia and Australia, past and present, the Self and the Other. Her navigation of space and culture thinly veils a deeper interest in articulating a sense of home and belonging in the world.