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.
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.
Yinghong Li (Sophia) was born in Foshan China, where the city was full of history about making ceramics. In 2005, she came to Australia to study Arts, and graduated from the Master of Fine Arts at RMIT University in 2009.
Having a studio in both Melbourne and Foshan allows for her love of traveling and experiencing daily-life with her family in different cultures.
She combines contemporary-art elements and traditional cultures into her artworks. Her paintings are full of different layered elements, including brush marks, abundant colors and patterns, describing each moment of her travelling or her daily-life experiences. Her ceramic sculptures are mostly of plump ladies dressed in cheongsam, elegant and graceful. They represent ideas about beauty, by combining cultural elements in the decorations and glaze.
Yinghong Li’s Artist in Resident project at BHCAC 2017 is named ‘The Beloved Creature and Me.’
To express her love of animals, Yinghong will create a series of ceramic works and paintings about women and animals.
Yinghong is also interested in exploring the question ‘What animal I am?’
The woman appearing in the artworks will be mostly self-portrait and will depict the harmony between animals and human-beings. Yinghong will ‘role play’ in her artworks such as her desire to be an owl hanging in a tree and hunting for food, or looking scary with the same pattern as a leopard.
Yinghong’s wish is for her artworks to invoke people’s concern about animal protection and to raise thoughts about ‘beauty’, ‘fashion’ and ‘animal protection’.
Jihye Min is a Korean-born Melbourne and Sydney based artist who aims for mutual empathy with her audience through multidisciplinary projects. She especially focuses on genuine expression of her interior conflicts for effective interaction with the exterior world.
After completing her Bachelor of Art in Seoul she extensively traveled all over the world and she has exhibited in Korea, New York, Washington, Antwerp, and Melbourne. While completing her Master’s degree at UNSW Art and Design in Sydney, she showcased her projects in notable events and at venues such as live performance in the National Art Gallery and a duo show in the Michael Reid Gallery.
Recently, she has mostly presented in outdoor sculpture exhibitions like Sculpture at Scenic World in the Blue Mountains, Hidden Sculpture Walk and Sculpture at Sawmillers Reserve. All projects go along with live performance or poetry for better communication with her audience.
Now she is looking for the metaphorical destination in terms of art practice in Australia. As she classifies herself as a public artist, she wishes to belong to communities to which she can dedicate her artistic talent; she has previously been nominated for Artist Residencies in Dandenong and Box Hill.
My new multidisciplinary project scrutinizes the theme of time and space. That will respond to heritage sites in Box Hill; it can be presented by photographic and video images. These will contain aspects of the historical spaces along with live performance, ceramic installation and poetry to narrate my artistic interpretation of the times and the spaces. I would like to become a storyteller of the community to deliver the confined mystic stories in the heritage sites; that are the times the buildings have gone through for a century. These heavy volumes of stories, which powerfully weigh on the spaces, can impress the public; they will feel more engaged with such historic sites. Actually, the present community is making a continued history in this era; the extending stories of our region will be a treasurable legacy of our next generation. This project will be a remarkable event to re-spotlight the heritage sites in Box Hill.
Marynes Avila is an Argentinean born, Melbourne based, multidisciplinary artist who implements the use of multiples as “data connectors” in the public realm. Redefining the object and its symbolism, Avila’s practice is informed by Science and Nature, particularly Biology and Neuroscience, and Carl Jung’s concept of the Collective Unconscious.
Avila completed a Bachelor of Education – Teaching Degree specializing in Creative Dance in Buenos Aires, Argentina obtaining a Scholarship for Academic Excellence & Professional Practice. She graduated with a Diploma of Arts -Visual Arts from Chisholm Institute, Frankston becoming the recipient of the 2005 Monyx Best Overall Portfolio Award. In 2008, Avila was awarded a Masters of Arts – Art in Public Space from RMIT University.
Avila has held 14 solo shows, participated in over 50 group exhibitions and completed 24 public art projects’ commissions. She has been the winner of numerous art awards and the recipient of many national and international artist residencies. The artist’s most recent residencies involved her collaboration with scientists of Ottawa University at the Laboratory for Biophysical Manipulation in Canada, and a residency at the Cataract Gorge Reserve in Tasmania. Avila’s upcoming project ‘Symbiosis’ will be included in the 20th Anniversary Toolangi Sculpture Trial Event as part of a two-week artist in residence at the Toolangi Bushland Reserve.
The artist often undertakes international research on the concept of the Public Narrative of Multiples: A Language of Transcendence. The research consists of the cross- cultural investigation of multiples, and investigates multiplicity as a way of communication and human interaction.
Avila’s work is included in public, corporate and private collections in Australia and overseas, and has been featured in many publications and in numerous newspapers articles.
During her residency at BHCAC, artist Marynes Avila will develop a new body of work including works on paper, digital photography and a site-specific project involving the use of microscopes. The digital microphotographs, video and drawings will be created as a collaboration with the local community and students from Koonung Secondary School. The resolved works will be exhibited at the BHCAC, and then will travel to Japan to be exhibited in our sister city, the city of Matsudo.
Catriona is a cross-media artist, working primarily in photography, painting and sculpture. In recent years, Catriona’s works have focussed on a growing interest in digital media and photography, which are used as a framework for multi-layered, mixed media works. Everyday and found objects frequently provide creative inspiration and feature in the works. Catriona is also a qualified lawyer with many years’ experience providing policy advice and managing major reform projects for the Victorian Government. Reflecting this experience, her works develop from considered, conceptual frameworks despite the everyday imagery often featured.
During her residency, Catriona will produce a mixed media exhibition featuring rare and classic ‘Star Wars’ Lego spaceships, including iconic models such as the Millennium Falcon, the X-Wing Starfighter and the Imperial Star Destroyer. The original model spaceships will be displayed and will also act as a creative springboard for the production of vibrant mixed media works inspired by the models. A range of interactive installations and large artworks will be created, incorporating a variety of media including photography and sculpture. The resulting exhibition ‘In Your Face in Space!’ will encourage children and viewers of all ages to reinterpret the model spaceships in new and unexpected ways. ‘In Your Face in Space!’ will run at BHCAC during the school holidays from 10 – 16 July 2017.
Edwina is an illustrator and artist based in Melbourne. Originally from Perth, she moved over in 2012 with her husband to pursue her career and finish her studies, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts (Illustration).
Edwina works with many mediums, including watercolour, oil, pen and textiles. Her work has been displayed in galleries in New York, Los Angeles and Melbourne, as well as being sold at local markets. Edwina also recently illustrated a children’s book, My Backyard Circus.
Edwina enjoys animals, flowers and comedy, themes she often explores in her work. She is passionate about social justice in general, and especially women’s rights, and volunteers helping young people with The Salvation Army.
During my residency I plan to further explore the themes of femininity, nature and beauty, along with the connections that are made between them. I will be exploring a range of mediums but working primarily in watercolours, pencil and textiles as well as working on larger scale portraiture. I want to explore why we find nature beautiful, and why do we connect nature with femininity and beauty. I want to explore femininity in relation to how we construct the female gender and why we connect certain ideas or images to this construct, and how fashion plays a role.