Telling her stories with sights and sounds

WHISTLING AND RUSTLING: Hartley Valley artist Anne Graham is one of of four artists to have opened new exhibitions at the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.

WHISTLING AND RUSTLING: Hartley Valley artist Anne Graham is one of of four artists to have opened new exhibitions at the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.

FRIDAY night saw the opening of four new exhibitions at BRAG: Iron, Bark & Clay by UK sculptor Andrew Burton; Cubit by Canberra-based artist Ham Darroch; Lapis Leisurely by Sydney artist Matthew Bromhead; and Whispering and Rustling, the Susurrus of People, Places and Things by Hartley local Anne Graham.

Anne Graham is one of Australia’s most accomplished artists with a career spanning three decades and four continents.

Whispering and Rustling surveys the artist’s recent work in installation, sculpture and portraiture as well as a new work with sound by Boris Hunt.

Artist and academic Anne Graham has had over 23 solo exhibitions, and been included in many prestigious national and international exhibitions throughout her 30 year career.

In Australia, however, Graham has remained an enigmatic figure, concentrating on her academic career, research interests and community projects conducted in America, Asia and Europe.

Since Anne and her partner have retired from professional life (academia and curatorship respectively) and relocated to the Hartley Valley in 2013, Anne Graham has put her creative practice to the fore.

In 2014/15 she participated in 11 exhibitions and was awarded the Cite Internationale des Arts Residency Fellowship 2015. In addition, Graham has become an active and engaged member of the regional arts community, working with BRAG, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, local environment groups, and Cementa Inc. to develop projects in response to the people, places and politics of the region.

BRAG curator Sarah Gurich, has been working with the artist on this project, which will feature new works generated out of recent research.

Her curator’s text states: “Rather than a ‘survey’, Whispering and Rustling is conceived as a site-specific work unto itself where sound, installations, objects and narrative portraits are placed in ways that create resonances, increase connections, and reinforce the narrative elements of Graham’s practice.

“The works will ‘speak’ to each other within the gallery space, echoing the underlying premise in Graham’s work that objects stimulate memory creating a ‘feedback loop’ between experiences of things encountered in the present with memories of the past.”

This exhibition will consist of around 25 artworks selected from work created during the past 10 years. Whispering and Rustling presents an important opportunity to showcase the work of this important Australian artist to a national audience.

Anne Graham: Whispering and Rustling, the Susurrus of People, Places and Things will be on exhibition with Burton, Darroch and Bromhead’s exhibitions until Sunday, November 20.

Entry to the gallery is free. For further information about the current exhibitions or events go to www.bathurstart.com.au, visit the Facebook page or phone 6333 6555.

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