Colour me once is a group art exhibition curated by Tegan Iversen.
“Some people really embrace colour, whereas others avoid it & are somewhat even scared of it. I personally love colour & am especially intrigued by how artists approach it within their practice.”
In Colour me once, Tegan asked a bunch of awesome artists to choose one colour to use as a starting point to create a new artwork.
Colour is fun, emotive & can be depicted in so many different ways.
Colour me once will basically be a rainbow & will explore the ways in which artists use colour & the variety of ways colour can be depicted in visual art.
Colour me once boasts a HUGE artist lineup which includes: Aleisha Earp, Anna MacNeill, April JY Kim, Belinda Wiltshire, Brigit Annie Lambert, Camille Thomas, Cassandra Martin, Edith Rewa, Eliza Stribling, Fiona Gately, Freya Alexander, Hayley Martin, Hilary Green, Isabella Kottek, Jacqui Burnes, Jess Milne, Jodi Wiley, Kalindy Williams, Kitty Chrystal, Laura Blythman, Lauren Guymer, Lucy Dellar, Madeleine Stamer, Madison Griffiths, Neva Hosking, Phoebe Beard, Polly Hollyoak, Sorcha Avalon Mackenzie, Spenceroni, Tegan Iversen & Vonne Beyer.
Orenda Magazine: Tell us a bit about the artwork you did for Colour Me Once.
Brigit: The three works I’m exhibiting ere depictions of three different cults. Each depict iconic imagery and events associated with those cults, using a single colour that they can be identified with.
Tegan: I created a series of three paintings with acrylic & marker. They each feature three small images of cute knick knacks.
Orenda Magazine: Who or what inspired this work?
Brigit: I’ve always been really fascinated by cults and at the time when I was given the prompt for this exhibition I was watching the documentary series on Netflix ‘Wild Wild Country’ based on the Rajneesh movement. A noticeable thing about them is the colours they wear in the cult and that got me thinking about other cults and how they use colour.
That got me thinking about other cults and how they use colour.
Eliza: Tegan’s initial prompt of ‘colour’ was a perfect starting point, as it got me thinking of new ways to use colour in my work and be a bit more bold with it. I found these images in knitting magazines, which have a very special quality to their colour that it’s hard to find in today’s photographs.
Tegan: The works I did were inspired by some of the sweet, small knick knacks I have in my room: a yellow kewpie doll, a fries salt shaker, a funny little chick & others. I wanted to use colour to depict the elements in each object that I liked, such as the carrot motif in ‘three little orange things from my room’.
Orenda Magazine: Why did you choose your medium? What do you love the most about it?
Brigit: I studied Fine Arts with my main focus originally being photography/video and drawing was always something that I did in the background. But after I graduated I found myself more interested in drawing, I invested in getting more tools for drawing and decided that this was what I really wanted to be focusing on.
I have always loved drawing, it’s a really calming process and I love the feeling of forming an idea in my head and being able to work it out in my sketchbook.
Eliza: I love collage as a medium because it allows you to remix and give new life to images that have been forgotten. I’m a bit of a collector, and bringing these things into the present without letting them disappear gives me a great amount of joy.
Tegan: My artworks were painted with acrylic, which I really love using at the moment. I start the works by drawing in pen, then fill in all the colour using flat, bold acrylic paints then use a black marker to outline the images & add details.
I recently started painting as I often use digital techniques & wanted the challenge of creating something entirely by hand.
I just really love the way it looks. I like the flat, consistent colours & the way that close-up you can see the little paint strokes & slight imperfections. I like how honest drawing & painting is.
I love collage as a medium because it allows you to remix and give new life to images that have been forgotten.
Orenda Magazine: How did you develop your creative style?
Brigit: I’ve always worked in pencil in sketchbooks. When I was able to get my hands on a drawing tablet it gave me a lot of freedom to take what I had been doing a little further and play around with ideas with a new set of tools and my style just developed a lot more after that.
Eliza: The beauty of collage is that involves a lot of experimentation, so I’ve spent a lot of time messing around both with physical paper and Photoshop. While I think I’m beginning to develop a style, experimenting is still very much a part of it.
Tegan: I studied Fine Art at University where I tried lots of different techniques & was encouraged to do digital work, which I enjoy doing. I also tried a painting subject at Uni & really hated it at the time!
I think just with constantly creating art & trying new things you seem to find a style that works for you & that you like & sometimes others then like your work too — yay!
I also tried a painting subject at Uni & really hated it at the time!
Orenda Magazine: What does where you create look like?
Brigit: There’s a room in the back of my house which used to be my old bedroom which I have my workspace. It’s got a big box bay window that always seems to make it too hot when in summer and freezing in winter. So sometimes I just set myself up on my bed or the couch.
Eliza: I spend most of my time creating art in the living room or in bed, but the walls by my desk are covered in inspiration from artists I admire and colours I love. There’s a lot of pinks, reds, and bright hyperlink-blue at the moment.
Tegan: At the moment my studio is the couch & small-ish table in my lounge room! It was my original art studio back in the day, then I had a beautiful studio in Fitzroy but sadly don’t have that space any more so am back to creating art in the comfort of my house!
Orenda Magazine: This exhibition is a huge collaborative project — who would be your dream collab?
Brigit: That’s a really hard question. There are heaps of artists that I admire but I would say at the moment I’ve been really into the work of the artist Billie Justice Thomson. I love how she draws everyday things in a simple style that still has so much character.
Eliza: A lot of the artists in this exhibition! But my dream person would be Patrick Pound — he creates abstract connections from found objects and photography that blow my mind. His work is super inspiring to me, especially as an Australian artist.
Tegan: I think this exhibition & the previous one I curated (Soft Toy City at Rubicon ARI) have been pretty dream collabs for me! I contacted a bunch of amazing artists to ask them to be part of ‘Colour me once’ & was so thrilled with how keen everyone was to be part of it!
All the artists have created such beautiful works for the show, I’m really stoked with how the show has turned out.
Colour me once is exhibiting from June 29th until July 15th at Brunswick Street Gallery, 322 Brunswick St Fitzroy
Opening Night is 6–9pm 29th June: RSVP on Facebook.