I'm a freelance writer living in Perth.
I enjoy gardening and films. I have appeared in several local short films.
The dream to travel and make art
A new solo exhibition of works by local artist, Anjilene Phoenix has its debut during Fringeworld 2019. Anjilene's works are based on the inspiration of Henri Rousseau (a French post-impressionist painter who developed his own style).
Starting at 21 years of age, after moving to Sydney, with her chalk pastels in hand she drew her first painting - a portrait of Henri Rousseau on the Sydney streets. Eventually, she travelled around Australia surviving on busking her art pieces. A life changer occurred when she became pregnant and chose to look after her daughter.
Now as a stay at home mum, she decided to continue with her pavement paper art, after completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts from ECU in Perth. She changed from chalk pastels to acrylic paint because they are more resilient.
Though she has curated other shows and participated with other artists in combined showings, this is her first solo exhibition. She chose the theme of circus, based on the premise that circus performers have an alternative lifestyle that she wanted to further explore. After interviewing circus people, who are performers with children either in a relationship or not, she wanted to express this on paper.
She focussed on positive stories of divorced couples who still bring their children with them while performing in the circus. This empowering feeling of taking their job with them wherever they may go, creates a more intense relationship. These relationships are about freedom and commitment to being a parent. She sees a parallel within her own life of being an itinerant artist and a parent.
In the future, she is planning another solo exhibition but expanding greatly on the circus theme.
Expect to see much more from the creative mind of Anjilene around town.
Her one-woman show is on now until the end of Fringe Festival. See her works at The Shopfront Gallery of North Metro TAFE on Beaufort Street near Newcastle Street. The gallery will be open from 1.00pm to 7.00pm until 17th February except for 11, 12 and 13th February. Anjilene will be onsite to talk about her pieces.