2 – 25 August
Opening night Friday 2 August, 5pm – 7pm
Local artist Heather McClelland experiments with line, composition and colour in order to tell a story or to convey emotion. In Running home Heather responds to the notion of a lack of empathy in the 21st century, and queries the place of the arts to find a rebalance.
Heather writes in her exhibition statement: “Feeling at home with ourselves and with others is vital to our well-being. This exhibition with its oil, charcoal and ink paintings/drawings aims to help the viewer reflect on themes of attachment and the emotional bonding that is generally understood to set the stage psychologically for the ongoing relational connections that make life worth living.
The pictures tell their own stories and represent a host of diverse relationships: between parents and children; between siblings; between children and animals; the intimate relationship that is possible between adults when it expresses gentleness as well as strength and finally the relationship between a creature and its habitat. Through these works we are also reminded of our human connection with nature and prompted to ask questions about the self in the midst of life’s storms and when caught up in the poignant and sometimes despairing experience of loneliness.”
Heather’s recently published book, ‘The Magic Loom’ will be available for purchase during the exhibition. Created in collaboration with artwork by Susan Kinneally and Tina Wilson, Running home to a better relationship with oneself, could describe the many stories and the therapeutic work of this book, which aims to help people recover from ongoing unresolved impacts of childhood trauma. The book is easy to read for those with an interest in its themes and it has particular relevance for all kinds of therapists.
Any profit Heather makes as a result of this exhibition will go to a not-for-profit organisation in Bangladesh called Symbiosis which helps marginalised women fight their way out of poverty.
Join Heather for opening night on Friday 2 August, 5pm – 7pm in the Downstairs Gallery at M|Arts Precinct.