BELINDA FOX & THE AUSTRALIAN PRINT WORKSHOP
Coming & Going II, 2022, etching with spray acrylic stencil (ed. of 20), 100 x 70 cm. Published by APW.
Australian Print Workshop Collie Print Trust Printmaking Fellowship Exhibition
Belinda Fox: Still / Life
Australian Print Workshop Gallery
210 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, VIC, 3065
11 June – 16 July 2022
Australian Print Workshop is presenting Still / Life, a major new body of work in the print medium by leading contemporary artist Belinda Fox. This exhibition is the culmination of Belinda Fox’s 2021 Australian Print Workshop Collie Print Trust Printmaking Fellowship. The Fellowship provided the opportunity for Belinda to undertake an ambitious collaborative printmaking project with APW Printers to produce a suite of original prints including a set of 12 monoprints.
With what Fox describes as a ‘playful’ approach to printmaking, the artist worked with APW Printers Martin King and Simon White to explore unconventional techniques in intaglio etching, lithography, stencil work and collage to develop the suite. This body of work is a meditation on Fox’s experience of returning home to Australia after considerable time abroad including in the Netherlands and Singapore. Reflecting on this transition, the works explore themes of movement, rupture, dislocation and belonging in a powerful evocation of the beauty and complexity of human life. Incorporating a range of printmaking techniques, collage and hand colouring, the prints flow freely around nature, moving through space, fractured, and always dislocated by a central line, then forming in several works as two hemispheres of a moon jar resting on a solid foundation. Whole and no longer adrift but with the wandering lines now inscribed on the body of the vessel, a part of its form.
For Fox, these works are an expression of “the coming and going of life, its meandering and windy turns, its messiness, and beauty, and ultimately a quest of trying to make sense of what home is to me. The works eb and flow and perhaps offer no real solutions except a feeling of searching and investigating the nature of what it is to be living.” These beautifully rendered and technically accomplished original fine art prints are on display at Australian Print Workshop Gallery from 11 June to 16 July 2022.
Belinda Fox is a multidisciplinary artist, working across the mediums of printmaking, painting, ceramics, and sculpture. She has won numerous awards including the Paul Guest Drawing Prize, the Burnie Print Prize and the Silk Cut Award. She has participated in major survey exhibitions of contemporary Australian printmaking in the UK, China and Australian Regional galleries. Her work has been collected by National, Regional and Corporate collections in Australia and Internationally.
Coming & Going VIII, 2022, etching with spray acrylic stencil (unique), 100 x 70 cm. Published by APW.