October 20, 2023
Tina Havelock Stevens will be exhibiting a series of studio studies at Bondi Pavillion Gallery from 22.10. – 4.12.22. These works were made in preparation for the artist’s solo show ‘Keeper of Time’ at DMG.
‘The New Normal’ features 10 contemporary artists-in-residence of the Waverley Artists studios from 2020, 2021 and 2022. The artists time in the studios coincided with a period of significant social disruption with the onset of the global COVID pandemic and questioning on the themes of social connectivity, interpersonal connection, gender, identity, power, narrative, time, longing and place. Waverley Artist Studios are a fully subsidised studio program offering professional artists free space to create and connect.
Regarding her work, Tina has stated: “I found a book of postcards when sorting the family home and worked out that they belonged to my Grandfathers mother and grandmother from the first decade of the last century. Inside, I found a carefully arranged album with landscapes from the past and no one left to answer my questions. There’s much beyond the frame. Rather than spontaneously compose and drum the image – something I often do with moving image and/or place, I decided to paint an abstract line which is based on a VU meter. A voluminous meter. The sort of thing you might find on a piece of audio recording equipment. A tool of vision replicating the ears which indicates loudness, energy and intensity – a way to see how something hears perhaps, in this case an emotional gauge.”
Image caption: Tina Havelock Stevens, ‘Keeper of Time’ study, 2022
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