Water & Stone at Heathcote

12 February 2018

Red River Skeletons

Red River Skeletons, 2018, oil, haematite, ebony powder, bone ash and Lumocolor pencil on Arches paper, 155 x 98cm

Navigations of Jellyfish will take us on an exploration of the Swan River at Water & Stone, a new exhibition that will open at the Heathcote Museum & Gallery on Friday, 23 March 2018.

“Water & Stone is a response by artist Stephanie Reisch to abstract ideas involving light, space and time in relation to the Swan River precinct. Explored primarily through the sibylline navigations of the jellyfish, an ancient and primordial hunter, the rich history surrounding the archaeology of the river networks, sand beds and underwater cave systems is paralleled with tactile negotiations involving water and stone,” said Dr Beth George Lecturer, School of Design, The University of Western Australia.

“Through painting and drawing the artist touches on deeper themes that include myth, ritual and unchartered worlds. Alchemy, even shamanism, have been linked to Stephanie Reisch’s use of the physical fragments of once-living creatures in her paintings. It is intriguing to know that on a particulate level the life of a thing is prolonged through its embedding in her work: that the work contains life,” said Dr George.

“Jellyfish are one of the main subjects in this series. Failed tests at painting with their vellum lead instead to imagining the territory from their vantage point beneath the water. In particular, Stephanie has focused on the Moon jellyfish, who navigate with currents and light levels. Almost transparent, their bodies articulate and reflect these forces. Jellyfish, which are highly sculptural when suspended in water and utterly floppy when removed from it, and limestone, rigid and structural but made tenuous and delicate by weathering: these subjects seem well suited to that notion of compositional drift and a flip-flopping between positive and negative form.”

The exhibition will officially open on Friday, 23 March 2018 at 6.00pm. Members of the public wishing to attend the opening should RSVP by Tuesday, to or phone 9364 5666.

The exhibition runs from Saturday, 24 March to Sunday, 29 April 2018, at Heathcote Museum & Gallery, Heathcote Cultural Centre, 58 Swan House, Duncraig Road, Applecross. The opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 10.00am to 3.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 4.00pm.

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