Fiona Cockfield’s weaved-porn struck a chord with the local art scene a little while ago.
Pornographic photos were transformed unrecognisably into works of contemporary art that found a home on the walls of the Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artists’ Award Exhiibition at the local Regional Art Gallery.
The sublte hues of salmon, peach, pink, whites and whatnot revealed their juicy secrets upon closer expection …
One day out from opening her next exhibition, ‘Lindeman Blue is the Colour of my Dreams’, this woman with a lot on her plate is still finishing up her works.
Cockfield invited us into her home for a sneak peak, some feta + avocado, I stepped in dog poo and frothed on the meticulousness of her work.
“I’m excited about this exhibition because I like the work and that doesn’t always happen, “ Fiona said. “ It means a lot if you think the work is worthy of the ideas.”
Opening 7pm tomorrow night (FRI, August 08), ‘Lindeman Blue is the Colour of my Dreams’ explores how imagery can extend and/ or ultimately quash idealism and fantasy.
Cockfield will present painted, photographic + drawn works to the theme.
“I can’t really remember if there was a ‘ah ha’ moment. I think there was, a few months back but I’m not sure what sparked it. Probably when I was doing something really mundane. A lot of my best ideas come when I’m doing something physical and meditative, like sanding or painting.
“My mind wanders during these sorts of activities. It was great doing the paintings because I would put music on and think about the artworks, memories and my dreams. At times it could be a very emotional experience.’
She said that the ideas for this exhibition have been cooking for a while now.
As she and her young daughter keep in touch with, plan visits + shared futures with Cockfield’s partner in Chile, the notions of ‘imagine space’ + reality are often on her mind.
“Although I probably had some sort of epiphany, the ideas for this body of work have been formulating for quite a while. I have always been interested in the relationship between imagined space and ‘reality’.
“When I was in Canada and Chile, but Canada in particular, I had to use my journal a lot more because it is the only way to record thoughts and experiences and of course travelling inspires creative thoughts.
“A lot of this information was processed when I came back … going over the ideas, sketches and photographs.”
A large part of Cockfield’s studio practice ebbs and flows off music as she gets to it, so the artist has compiled a mixtape for you, that fuelled the creation of her show.
“… Music always represents a lot about thoughts and feelings and because this is such a personalised body of work, the music is highly relevant, “ she said.
‘Lindeman Blue is the Colour of My Dreams’ opens 7pm FRIDAY, August 08 at M A R S on theGRID: hybrid arts collective, Lvl 1, 488 Ruthven Street Toowoomba.
OneWALL gallery space will feature the airbrush works of Wayne Ogden in ‘Old to New’.
Both exhibitions are on show until SEPTEMBER 03.