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.

USQ Creative Arts Honors Graduate, traveller + mother Fiona COCKFIELD presents ‘Lindeman blue is the colour of my dreams’. 
An exploration of fantasies and how they’re lifted, shaped and occassionally quashed by imagery, this exhibition features COCKFIELD’s immaculate paintings, drawings and photography.JOIN US FRIDAY, August 08 from 7pm for the official opening.
Cash bar // nibbles // all welcome
  • Camera: iPhone 4S
  • Aperture: f/2.4
  • Exposure: 1/60th
  • Focal Length: 4mm

USQ Creative Arts Honors Graduate, traveller + mother Fiona COCKFIELD presents ‘Lindeman blue is the colour of my dreams’. 

An exploration of fantasies and how they’re lifted, shaped and occassionally quashed by imagery, this exhibition features COCKFIELD’s immaculate paintings, drawings and photography.

JOIN US FRIDAY, August 08 from 7pm for the official opening.

Cash bar // nibbles // all welcome

NEXT: 

Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition
6PM - 8PM
FRIDAY JULY 04

We’re excited to get the 250kg crate of images any day now to begin installing this beast.

Join us to officially open this exhibition of some of Australia’s best working photographers, from 6PM - 8PM this Friday.

Cash bar // nibbles/ Floor Talk by previous Walkley Photography Award winner, Nev Madsen.

IMAGE: 
'The First Day at Sea', Barat Ali Batoor, The Global Mail.

'… glimpses', a joint show by Jojo Frost + Kelli MacAlpine is up.

7PM Saturday JUNE 21.

Performers, cash bar, nibbles.

On show until JULY 02.

NEXT UP: A week out from opening her joint exhibition with Toowoomba body artist Kelli MacAlpine, artist Jojo Frost chopped up one of her developing works.  
One week from the opening.                               She chopped it up.

But the former art teacher-now-caterer was on it.
“I think in this world we’re so results driven,” Frost explained. “You forget how happy the process can be.”
Frost rides the unknown in her handmade studio 20km inland of Gympie.
 “I’d been working on (that canvas) for about three days and when I cut it up I saw something in it I hadn’t seen before,” she said. 
“I always was one for breaking a few rules and I was always one for trying to facilitate new ideas of ‘art’. "I used to get very upset if I saw children presenting art that was like 25 frogs that were photocopied. I guess this has just expanded 500 fold now that I channel it into my own practice as opposed to a classroom setting.”
A returning memory from her teaching days is of a preschooler standing in front of an easel. When asked what they were doing, the child replied, ‘I’m painting happy’.With that week still to go between now and the opening, Frost isn’t entirely sure which of the 30-odd works she’s been cooking up will make it up the hill.
“There’s always a little bit of mystery,” she explained.
“But you’ve got to dare to do something out of your safety net to see it.”
 
‘Glimpses’: a joint exhibition for KELLI MACALPINE + JOJO FROST opens 7PM SATURDAY June 21 at  M A R S on theGRID. Lvl 1, 488 Ruthven Street Toowoomba (Above Cotton On).
  • Camera: Canon EOS 1000D
  • Aperture: f/5
  • Exposure: 1/30th
  • Focal Length: 48mm


NEXT UP: 
A week out from opening her joint exhibition with Toowoomba body artist Kelli MacAlpine, artist Jojo Frost chopped up one of her developing works.
 

One week from the opening.                               She chopped it up.

But the former art teacher-now-caterer was on it.

“I think in this world we’re so results driven,” Frost explained. “You forget how happy the process can be.”

Frost rides the unknown in her handmade studio 20km inland of Gympie.

 I’d been working on (that canvas) for about three days and when I cut it up I saw something in it I hadn’t seen before,” she said. 

“I always was one for breaking a few rules and I was always one for trying to facilitate new ideas of ‘art’.
"I used to get very upset if I saw children presenting art that was like 25 frogs that were photocopied. I guess this has just expanded 500 fold now that I channel it into my own practice as opposed to a classroom setting.”

A returning memory from her teaching days is of a preschooler standing in front of an easel.
When asked what they were doing, the child replied, ‘I’m painting happy’.

With that week still to go between now and the opening, Frost isn’t entirely sure which of the 30-odd works she’s been cooking up will make it up the hill.

“There’s always a little bit of mystery,” she explained.

“But you’ve got to dare to do something out of your safety net to see it.”

 

‘Glimpses’: a joint exhibition for KELLI MACALPINE + JOJO FROST opens 7PM SATURDAY June 21 at  M A R S on theGRID. Lvl 1, 488 Ruthven Street Toowoomba (Above Cotton On).

Second annual ALL IN.

Non-themed / not curated group show open to all.
Everything that arrives will hang. 
Last year that was over 155 works by around 60 artists.

The result was overwhelming. Lots to take in. Great response.

DETAILS:

Max. 3 x works* per artist

Cost: $30 entry fee for 1 x work // $5 for each work submitted thereafter by the same artist

Details: Register your interest for more info via email: saintalison@hotmail.com



FRI MAY 23 - MON JUNE 16

The PHOTOVOICE PROJECT
Photovoice Australia  mentored six female survivors of domestic violence on the finer points of photography and writing. This is their show.

" Photovoice … enables people to define for themselves and others … what is worth remembering and what needs to be changed." - Carolyn Wang. 


OneWALL ———————————**
Brisbane printmaker + screen printer BELINDA SINCLAIR presents two concise series of work.

The newest, ‘Scoring above the Breath’ explores fear, power and control - inspired by the British practice of scoring known ‘witches’ above the nose, during the Middle Ages, in order to temporarily “bleed them of their power”.

"This technique was invented by the ruling classes in Britain during the Middle Ages to control the power of women that played a necessary role in society but who were also feared. This practice continued well into the 19th Century often as a way to freely perpetrate violence against women thought to have transgressed in some way," Sinclair explains.