Bernadette Burke-Reynolds has a thing for texture and for found objects. She combines them in many pieces of her collection Freewheeling, which is showing at Burrinja until Sunday.
There is something endearing about the use of objects that have so little value in the everyday world that they almost become invisible but which, when added to a piece of art, suddenly look different. Old pieces of cotton, plastic netting, feathers, broken bits from an old woven cane basket are weaved into pieces that make them lovely. It reminds us of the value of a different sort of eyesight, of the value of developing a way of seeing the beauty in other things our culture views as valueless - such as the elderly, the sick, the mentally ill. The economically unviable.
All of these pieces are on paper, or cotton duck, or linen, or canvas. Bernadette also makes use of photography and, in some pieces, Photoshop, incorporating them both into mixed media pieces.
My favourite pieces involved the use of denim. What this woman does with an old pair of jeans renders them unwearable but strangely lovely. Texture is sensual, after all, and Bernadete's jean pieces felt to me strangely edible. But maybe that's just me.
Meet the artist: Bernadette's exhibition runs along the walls of the foyer from the main entrance, and also in the foyer up the stairs. On Sunday afternoon, Bernadette will be hanging round the gallery space from 12 to 3 pm to talk about her inspiration for her art.