Stephanie Mew (2)

Stephaniestudiop1_s

I've come across a great publication, "Creative Spaces.  21 Years of Nillumbik Artists Open Studios."  If you can get your hands on a copy before you see the studios, it would be a great bit of research.  There's a piece by Elizabeth Vercoe.  I've quoted her before, in Leanne Mooney's post.  Elizabeth is a local painter, but also a very accomplished writer. Here's some more of her written offerings,

"To look at a list of Nillumbiks artistic alumni, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd stumbled upon a who's who of Victoria's vibrant arts heritage.  Walter Withers, Clara Southern, Albert Tucker, Arthur Boyd, Penleigh Boyd, Danila Vassilieff, Max Meldrum, Clifton Pugh, to name but a few..." Pg. 9 "Creative Spaces".

As I travel around studios and research artists currently working in the area, I wonder what it is about Nillumbik that fosters such talent. Maybe Stephanie Mew has the answer.  She enjoys living on what she calls the urban fringe, somewhere with the bush on one side and the city on the other.  Access to the beauty of the Australian bush while being able to enjoy the energy of the city.  There's definitely energy in her work. Her need to create art permeates every corner of her life. She encourages it with her three children and practices it daily in her studio. At first she was reluctant to have me visit her studio, concerned that there wasn't enough work for me to see there.  She needn't have worried.  We spent several hours there together, unravelling a long roll of baking paper to reveal "Smoke", opening up drawers storing copious drawings and paintings done on family holidays and in faraway places like Florence (see the Ponte Vecchio below) and pulling out finished canvases stacked up against the wall.  What a treasure trove.

Stephanie is very articulate about her work and the process by which she arrives at a finished piece.  She loves having an opportunity to talk with visitors during the Open Studios.  I feel pretty confident, that like me, they go away enriched by the experience. 

Stephaniep4_s

Stephaniepdetail6_s

(Detail)

Stephaniepainting2_s

Stephaniepdetail2_s

(Detail) Stencils are used here, again bridging the divide between art and craft.

Stephaniepdetail4_s

 (Detail) 

Stephaniep6_s

Stephaniepdetail3_s

(Detail)

Stephaniepdetail5_s

(Detail)

I've mentioned Stephanie's earlier training in sculpture before.  These sculptures (below) hang in her studio, reminding her of 3D forms and influencing her painting. Some of them are a bit macabre and gruesome (to use Stephanie's word).  As such, they're an important part of her creative history.

Stephaniesculpture1_s

Stephaniesculpture2_s

Stephaniesculpture3_s

Stephaniesculpture4_s

Stephaniesculpture5_s

Stephaniesculpture6_s

This is called "Smoke" (below). Stephanie painted it after losing a very dear friend in the Black Saturday bush fires. She loved the idea of using a domestic product like baking paper.  The whole work is many meters long.  It would be best displayed from the bottom to the top of a wall, with the 'smoke', billowing along the ceiling (as smoke would).  It's quite stunning and had me rethink the many ways we could display 2D art within a space.

Stephaniesmoke8_s

Stephaniesmoke1_

Stephaniesmoke2_s

Stephaniesmoke3_s

Visitors to her studio are invited to flick through sketch books and explore drawers of sketches and drawings.  Lots of surprises emerge, like, the Ponte Vecchio (below) done on a trip to Florence in 1997.

Stephaniepontdevecchio_s

As a mother of young children, Stephanie has delighted in sketching them.  There are sketch books full of them, plus single drawings within these drawers (below).

Stephaniedrawer_s

Stephanie is interested in exploring pure abstraction in the future.  I can't wait to see where that takes her work.

Nillumbik Artists Open Studios website

STOP PRESS!  A selection of Stephanie's work is also on show at the Stonehouse Gallery on the main drag in Warrandyte, until 30th April.

Parent Category: Arts
Facebook Image

The Chook Project

The Chook Project Photograph courtesy of Barbara Joyce. Today is the Third Anniversary of the Black Saturday Fires. I want to mark the event with a story that has in turn, made me… More…

May Red Chair Event

May Red Chair Event- Lorenna Grant You could hear a pin drop in the Barn at Montsalvat as Lorenna Grant spoke about her work and her experience of the residency at Laughing… More…

Nillumbik Open Studios in November

Nillumbik Artist's Open Studios in November Detail of work by Stephanie Mew. Time to get your diary out and mark two weekends in November for some serious 'studio hopping'.… More…

Kaya Storm - Open Studios

Kaya Storm This is where it all begins... Photograph by Kerry Cross Best word to describe this work is elegant. Simple sculptural shapes made from simple materials with… More…

Dunmoochin Opening

Dunmoochin Opening Dunmoochin was alive with people and the paintings of Barbara Hauser on the weekend. Shane Pugh (Clifton Pugh's son) and Barbara, celebrated the opening below.… More…

Red Chair, Arts and Artists

Red Chair Photograph by Kerry Cross "Red Chair" is a series of artists talks held at 7.00pm. on the first Wednesday of every month in The Barn at Montsalvat. It's an initiative of… More…

Stephanie Mew

Stephanie Mew (Detail) I have to admit that I couldn't get enough of Stephanie's work. So this is the first of two posts I'm planning to show you. I went down to her exhibition at… More…

Expanding Dimensions

Expanding Dimensions (Photograph of 'Expanding Dimension' on the balustrade of the Roystead Building- copyright Silvi Glattauer) Remember Lloyd Godman, ecological artist.… More…

Lorenna Grant-Artist in Residence at Laughing Waters.

Lorenna Grant- Artist in Residence at Laughing Waters I really want to convey the experience that I had visiting Lorenna Grant. She's the latest Artist in Residence at Laughing… More…

Work in Progress

Work in Progress I'm working on a doozy of a blog today. I visited the studio of Ona Henderson and Syd Tunn yesterday. It's one of those blogs where the difficulty has been in… More…

Ev Hales-Static Motion

Ev Hales-Static Motion I sometimes worry that there's something wrong with me. I get so excited by the artwork that I've seen that I can't stop thinking about it...Perhaps I need… More…

Birrarung House, Day One.

Birrarung House, Day One. My much anticipated artist in residence began at Birrarung House yesterday. It’s 6.30am. on my first full day here. I’m sitting up in my bed writing, so… More…

The Essence of Nerina

The Essence of Nerina Nerina Lascelles exhibition "Seizui- Essence" opened at Montsalvat at the beginning of this month. In excess of one hundred people enjoyed Montsalvat's… More…

Fulling

"Fulling" I'm back home now. Yesterday I was working on my deck and kept looking over in the direction of Birrarung, wistfully wondering if the frogs were missing me as much as I… More…

isiiad Red Chair Event

Isiiad Red Chair Event I've been a bit distracted this week by my presentation at the Red Chair Event. This is an event which is scheduled on the first Wednesday of the month and… More…

Hugh McSpedden

Tripping the Light Fantastic with Hugh McSpedden Well not tripping exactly or even dancing for that matter, but "light fantastic", without a doubt. The exterior of St Andrews Hall… More…

Artist in Residence Life Drawing Session

Artist in Residence Life Drawing Session I've been hanging out for September like you wouldn't believe. On the 21st I'll be taking up my artist in residence at Birrarung House.… More…

Baldessin Studio

Baldessin Press (Studio) Here's another little taster from the Baldessin Studio at St Andrews just north of Melbourne. These photos came across my email today. They were taken… More…

Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Awards-2

Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award Camilla TADICH©, 6.23am Kangaroo Ground 2009, oil on canvas, 94.5cm. x 125cm. framed. "Ekphrasis is a genre of poetry that explores works of art… More…

Birrarung House, Day Two

Birrarung House, Day Two Every cloud has a silver lining. Two days of trying to hook up to the www to post my blogs have led to me making a temporary 'office' in the courtyard at… More…

Copyright

THIS ENTIRE SITE © 2010-2012 ISIIAD. ALL OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS AND WRITTEN MATERIAL HEREIN, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, ARE COPYRIGHTED BY ISIIAD. NO PART OF THIS SITE, OR ANY OF THE CONTENT CONTAINED HEREIN, MAY BE USED OR REPRODUCED IN ANY MANNER WHATSOEVER WITHOUT EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER.