"When I swim I feel weightless, unwatched, quiet, soft and free. My senses are distorted and I'm free to explore my thoughts and feelings to myself, by myself, completely selfish."
These are the words of Dutch born, Brisbane-based artist, Conny Van Lint, introducing her new exhibition Swim, showing early October at White Canvas Gallery in Fortitude Valley. Her exhibition of oil paintings and wire sculptures depict the human form swimming, tumbling, floating, free.
The oil paintings are based on photos taken on holidays with her children and husband at idyllic Little Cove, Noosa. Using subtle, ethereal colours, they portray figures underwater or coming up for air.
Her wire sculptures of human forms floating and tumbling are captivating, evoking the freedom and sensations of swimming in the ocean, so familiar to Queenslanders. Using a pair of pliers, Conny has hand-worked these transparent sculptures from a spool of wire, creating self-supporting structures.
The exhibition runs from 1st to 12th October with the official opening night at 6-9pm Friday 3rd October. Entry is free. Two hour parking is available on Church Street. Check the Gallery website for details. Go along and be swept away.