Mikaela Castledine is an award winning artist and published writer, with a degree in Science and an MA in Writing and Literature. She has been a professional artist for more than 25 years, working in collage and sculpture. She has won the Sculpture by the Sea Scholarship, Cottesloe 2013, the Sculpture Inside Award Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2016 In 2016 she was selected as a finalist in the distinguished Bankwest Sculpture Prize and in 2018 as a finalist in the Mandorla Art Prize. She is represented in public and private collections in Australia and internationally.
Since his first solo exhibition in 1987, Stephen has pursued parallel careers in fine art and graphic design and his work in both disciplines has received numerous awards. Castledine enjoys the unpredictability of watercolour in his painting practice which can produce extraordinary results beyond the control of the artist. The works featured in "Romancing Botany" continue his exploration of combining drawing and painting to capture the unexpected patterns which nature reveals. Castledine's work is represented in private and corporate collections in Australia and overseas.
Romancing Botany 2019
Working across a range of media Sujora Conrad uses a variety of techniques that include stitch, paint, print and site specific interventions. Her work looks at issues about our relationship with the inhabited landscape. Her influences include 'the settler vision', traditional indigenous approaches and contemporary urban attitudes.
With a Bachelor of Art from Curtin University she has exhibited both locally and interstate and her art practice has included teaching in remote and rural communities and project co-ordination. She has always had strong connections with the landscape and spent her early years in the hill country around Perth, and, the wheatbelt to the east of there.
Purity and Danger 2019
Rona Green was born in Geelong, Australia. Her practice involves making fantastical figurative prints, drawings and paintings. She studied art at La Trobe University in Bendigo (1992-1994) and Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne (1998) and in 2012 completed a Master of Fine Art degree at Monash University. Known for creating striking pictures of peculiar creatures, Rona has received many accolades such as the Geelong Print Prize, Swan Hill Print Acquisitive Award and Silk Cut Award for Linocut Prints Grand Prize. Her work is represented in over sixty Australian and international public collections including the National Gallery of Australia.
Kyoko Imazu is a Japanese artist whose practice encompasses a range of mediums such as printmaking, puppetry and installation, bookbinding and ceramics. As a child, she drew animals like rabbits, cats, rats and birds for her mother and these subjects are still prevalent in her art practice. Drawing inspiration from childhood memories and Japanese folklore, she creates visual stories through her work.
Her works are held in collections at National Library of Australia, State Library of Queensland, State Library of Victoria, National Gallery of Australia, Melbourne Athenaeum Library, RMIT, Sydney College of Arts and numerous private collections worldwide. She regularly exhibits her work nationally and internationally especially in Hong Kong, New Zealand and New York. She is a current fellow of State Library of Victoria Amor Residency at Baldessin Press and Studio.
Lia McKnight is a Western Australia-based artist whose practice includes drawing, sculpture, textiles and installation. Privileging lived experience and emotional geographies as areas of intrigue, her current work extends upon her ongoing interest in the sensual experience of objects. Directly referencing the natural world, personal themes of memory, ritual and the subconscious coexist with concepts of 'the endless' and the interconnectedness of all things.
Lia has been exhibiting in group and solo exhibitions for over 15 years. In 2018 she developed the major exhibition, Sensual Nature in collaboration with Fremantle Arts Centre Curator Ric Spencer and presented a solo exhibition at Turner Galleries. She has been invited to participate in the Midwest Art Prize (2019), Minnawarra Art Prize (2019), Perth Royal Art Prize (2018), Joondalup CIAA (2017 & 2011) and Stations of the Cross (UCIC) 2017. She has been an artist in residence at Art on the Move (2019), PICA (2016) and Fremantle Arts Centre (2014 & 2012) and has undertaken major exhibitions with c3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne (2014), Paper Mountain (2014), free range Gallery (2013), Heathcote Museum and Gallery (2011) and created temporary public art commissions in collaboration with Stephen Armitstead for the City of Fremantle (2013) and the City of Subiaco (2011-2012). Lia is the Collection Manager at the John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University where she has curated the exhibitions Post-hybrid: reimagining the Australian self (2015), ASSEMBLAGE (2016), and (co-curated) 50fifty (2017).
Purity and Danger 2019
Mandy Renard is one of the most prolific printmakers in Australia. Since completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at UTAS in 2005 she has become a household name in Tasmania and her popularity around Australia has also steadily grown. Her work can be found in private collections in Australia and around the world and are housed publicly at Government House, the Tasmanian parliament building, the Spirit of Tasmania and at numerous places of healing and feasting. Mandy has been working consistently in her studio for the past 12 years but has so far not been drawn toward prizes and grants . In many senses her career focus and chosen lifestyle are minimalist.
Mandy lives 20 minutes south of Hobart on a bushy block by boulderous Mountain River where she and her family have spent the past 10 years building their home and garden from the ground up. As can be clearly seen in her work her interests lie in the interconnectedness of life, the pursuit of sustainable pleasures and figures throughout history who have contributed greatly to our wisdom as a society.
Her work spans intricate mixed media works and public sculpture. She takes on a wide range of techniques from the ultra-traditional to the cutting-edge contemporary. Rogers is an awardwinning Australian artist and her works can be found in prestigious international public and private collections. March 2019, she was showing and taking part in the Sinergia International Painting Festival hosted by CETYS University, Baja California, Mexico. She represented Australia in the 18th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, 2018. She was awarded the Inside Out billboard commission by City of Joondalup in 2017 and the ANZAC art commission by the City of Wanneroo in 2015. In 2016 she represented Australia at the G20 Art Agenda at Hangzhou China.
Romancing Botany 2019
Deborah studied fine art at Victoria College, Prahran (1987 – 1989), an Honors degree at RMIT (1994) and a Masters of Fine Art by Research at the National Art School in Sydney (2011).
A keen observer of the canine realm and our own relation to it, her artistic perspectives have been further informed by travels to remote locales where she has explored culturally relative attitudes to both pet ownership and abandonment. Williams lives and works in Melbourne and is the Coordinator of the Advanced Diploma and Printmaking within the Visual Art program at RMIT University and teaches Printmaking sessionally at the VCA, The University of Melbourne. She is represented by Australian Galleries in Melbourne and Sydney.