The program contributes to the rich cultural diversity within the City of Whitehorse by connecting the local community through art and promoting the profile of Box Hill Community Arts Centre as a leading arts facility.
Russian born, Maria now lives in Melbourne, Australia. She has been drawing and painting since childhood, but pursued other creative interests like graphic design and illustration in her twenties. She is currently completing a bachelor of Fine Arts at Monash University, focusing mostly on painting and drawing. Prior to making the commitment to pursue a full-time art career, she worked as a freelance Graphic Designer for several years. Maria is passionate about working from observation, this includes life-drawing, portraiture and still-life. In the studio, she works with photographic references which allow her to carefully construct figurative compositions in order to explore delicate and complex narratives. Her work is inspired by her personal experience of the world and the stories of others.
During her residency at BHCAC, Maria will develop a new body of work comprised of a series of creative portraits in oil paint medium. The artworks will be created in collaboration with the local community and feature people who immigrated to Australia at a young age. The resolved paintings will be exhibited at the BHCAC in May 2018.
Katherine Marmaras is a Melbourne based printmaker and visual artist who incorporates printmaking techniques with other mediums to create works which explore the notion that art may be purely decorative.
Intrinsically and instinctively motivated, she abstracts colours, patterns and motifs found in nature, architecture, interiors and textiles to create works that are layered with textures and random marks; juxtaposing decoration and art.
Her work is process driven as she often finds herself losing all sense of time in the meditative process of random and repetitive mark-making especially when working with clay.
Katherine’s prints and works on paper have been exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, in select group and award exhibitions and is represented in public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia and the Brooklyn Art Library in Brooklyn, New York.
During my residency I plan to create a series of ceramic and mixed media works for exhibition. The works created will be an expression of the immediate and local surrounds by taking a closer look at objects found in nature and ephemera.
My intention is to create works which contemplate and reflect upon how natural forms impact our urban landscapes and the spaces which we live in; whilst exploring the notion that art may be purely decorative.
I look forward to immersing myself in the environment and capturing the moments and seasonal changes of the local surrounds. I hope to offer the community the opportunity to see and experience their surrounds through what may sometimes be overlooked in the day–to-day.
Arisa Kawabe was born in Japan in 1986 and studied sculpture at Nihon university from 2006. She completed a master’s degree program at Nihon University College of Arts in 2012. After graduation, Arisa studied ceramics at The Shigaraki ceramic cultural park as Artist in residence in 2013. Arisa then studied at Kunsthochschule Kassel Norbert Radermacher Klasse in Germany from 2017.
Her work will involve memory themes using sculpture, video, painting, ceramic, salt and various other materials.
Everyone has precious memories, but they will be lost over time. However, even if memory is lost from the body (thinking the body is a container for the spirit), the being called “I”, which is made from the past memories, appears in this world. The whole world consists of the accumulation of small stories of such “I” behind a large historical account. Someone’s story as a motive will be connected to small stories of “I” through her exhibition. The exhibition will help us to feel the world is little.
This project is a participatory project and will exchange letters that were written by participants under the theme of “clothing memory” into ceramic flowers. The purpose of this community art project is sharing emotional memories between myself, artists and viewers. I have already performed a similar pilot project in Japan 2015. In 2016 based on the “letter”, I made clothes with pottery that were presented to the author of the letter. This project is will be held in March 2018 in Kassel, Germany. I would like to do this in Australia as well and create a project to connect the countries and individual cultures. By thinking about projects in various countries, not only in Japan, I think that people can be connected through “clothing memory” even in countries with different cultures, customs and languages. I hope to further develop this project by interacting with national culture and people.
The Artist’s Loft is a purpose-built studio located in the roof-line of Box Hill Community Arts Centre and overlooks a large ceramics studio and our beautifully landscaped gardens. The studio space has lots of natural light and a storage area.
4.3 metres x 3.3 metres – workspace
4 metres x 3.4 metres – storage area
Please note: The loft studio has no wheelchair access; however, an alternative space can be arranged if required.