|Samantha Arnull -What Kind of Times Are These
Stacie Sims -SPILL
Clifton School of Arts 9-11th September
Opening Hours 10AM to 6PM daily
Upstairs gallery, an exhibition of sculpture and wall work by Samantha Arnull.
Downstairs gallery, Stacie Sims will be exhibiting her fibre art forms and sculpture.
These two artists have a unique connection to materials and a reverie for freedom and play within their art practice.
Opening drinks 4-7 PM Saturday 10th September at Clifton School of Arts
An exhibition of sculpture and wall work by Samantha Arnull at the Clifton School of Arts
on the weekend of the 9th-11th of September. In the downstairs gallery Stacie Sims will be
exhibiting her fibre art forms and sculpture. These two artists have a unique connection to
materials and a reverie for freedom and play within their art practice.
Samantha Arnull’s recent work is a sustained meditation on our shared post pandemic
world. For the Artist, the last two years have been a deeply productive period, where time
slowed and stretched. In the creative cocoon of her studio located on Dharawal Country,
these have been times to reflect and to create.
Inspired by Adrienne Rich’s poem “What kind of times are these”, the Artist responds to the
poet’s prompt to gravitate towards the like-minded as a position of strength and clarity.
Rich reminds us to listen to the trees; those silently observant and patient entities, whilst
they sustain us, and our planet. In doing so, we find our voice again. In the sculptures and
colour fields of the Artist, ladders provide a means to seek an alternative vantage point;
fields of colour draw the eye towards patterns and principles of organisation; materials
gleaned over a creative lifetime coalesce and prompt internal and external conversations
about creativity and her connection to place.
This exhibition is also an opportunity to celebrate the creative life and influence of her
Professor and friend, of 30 years, Jutta Feddersen, who passed away last year. The influence
of one Artist upon another, is a theme that resonates throughout the work of Samantha
Stacie Sims exhibition SPILL is in the downstairs Gallery. Thread Thinking is an evaluation of
past experiences and the building of a new dialect around connection. Sims’ work begins
with a 6m steel rod, a wool jumper that shrunk in the dryer, natural dye samples, an old
wool blanket, sleepless nights, and quiet reflection. Soon, a form emerges as new
connections are made through contortion, bending, melting, piercing patching and joining.
“Spill: Thread thinking is a testimony of understanding materiality, change, and observing
the passing of time”.
Samantha and Stacie are presenting an Artists talk with their exhibition for the September
Artists Forum for the members of Clifton School of Arts, on Thursday 8th September.
We look forward to meeting and talking with you.