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Move over Leonardo da Vince, another Mona Lisa is on display
Annette Slattery - Award Winning Artist - Photo supplied by AS
There are a huge number of artists in Melbourne, which some acknowledge as the Arts capital of Australia. With artist Annette Slattery, you find an artist with unique and striking skills. She is an award-winning artist. In 2016, Annette won the Art Show Pakenham "People's Choice" award for her collage portrait of fellow artist Geoff Sargeant.
Annette's style uses a mix of assemblage collage and paper construction. Her stylistic flourishes permeate the various narratives and range from gentle humour to the darker side. Her Vignette Noir Series sees these darker themes emerge such as her portrait "This is murder".
But she permeates her work with humour and kittens as well. I can't resist kittens. My current cat has never grown past kitten size. Her portrait of "Mona Lisa" is one of her signature pieces (move over Leonardo da Vinci). So her current exhibition is a show that covers a vast range of themes and exciting artworks.
Another Mona Lisa - Nat King Cole missed this one - Photo supplied by AS
As part of her creative style, she is naturally a bit of a glue fiend.
"You could find glue sticks and scissors in just about any room of my house" she says. "Anytime I need to look for something, like a pen or something, I tend to come across two or three glue sticks I didn't know I had."
Glue is Annette's friend as she preps for Art Exhibition
She works with multi mediums and recycled materials. She says, "I find things at op shops and I go through old magazines people have given me and build up resources of things I might be able to use" she says. "Sometimes things jump out at me and suggest an idea or sometimes I have to hunt down materials to follow an idea I've already had." She found a wonderful thrown out artwork of Flinders Street Station at an op shop. She kept pondering and waiting for that inspirational moment of what it could become. Then her cat sat down in front of it, staring at her in a cat's normal, "You should be paying attention to me right now" pose and nirvana. Art was born. It is a dynamically wonderful piece.
She has only recently delved into this unique collage world and has been an artist in other mediums for many years. I spoke with her as she was setting up her exhibition. It was lovely that she could take the time. With over 5 years in professional art schools, she teases and says, "With this amount of training, I could have almost been a doctor".
The gallery is a simple, typically Australian place, a green Colorbond SHED called the "Gate 6 Gallery" at Gate 6 Cardinia St, Berwick. I see a theme in the name. To find it you must simply turn into Cardinia Street, off Princes Hwy, and count up the gates and the numbers past 4B to chained link gate numbered Gate 6.
Annette is multi-talented as she is also curator of this art space which houses SECAN. SECAN is the South East Contemporary artists living or working in South East Melbourne. This group provides a community group where the artists can network, be inspired, and exhibit their works to the local public at large.
One more bonus to this exhibition - entry is FREE. You can find further details at www.secan.com.au
Also on display is a wee exhibition - "Sketch to Sculpture" with Elma Young - Fibre Artist. There just to tease you about the next exhibition.