Paintings and ceramics JO DYER
THURS 16 AUG - SUN 26 AUG 2018
Official opening: Saturday 18 August, 2-4pm
Beer kindly sponsored by @murraysbrewing
Garden State explores the healing relationship between nature and bereavement and is the culmination of Dyer’s practice since the unexpected death of her father in early 2015. In response to this terrible loss, Dyer felt an overwhelming need for solitude and connection to the natural world and found herself dedicated to establishing a leafy garden courtyard at her home in Mayfield.
“Having the opportunity to slow down, connect with and observe the natural world has been a deeply restorative and healing process, which in turn, has influenced my art practice. Many of these works were developed within my little garden. They both represent and respond to that space and how I feel within it. Connecting to the life in my garden helps me feel more accepting of death as part of life’s process.”
Drawn to the experiential process of art making, Dyer creates work that is deliberately expressive and emotive. She renders her figures like portals into their own emotional experiences, layering painterly details with naively depicted figures to explore themes and experiences that are both deeply personal yet universal, such as connection, love, vulnerability and loss.
All artwork from this exhibition will be available for sale by online auction during the exhibition period, with 10% of sales being donated to Global Gardens of Peace