West Gallery, Belconnen Arts Centre
5 February – 21 March 2021
Lime Flamingo is a networking group for emerging professional artists from the Canberra region. This is an exhibition by members Lesley Andersen, Jenny Blake, Jodie Cunningham, Sarah Earle, Roger Hancock, Gillian Jackson, Diane McWhirter, Angella Price and Jo Walters.
Taking a line from Tolkien as inspiration, ‘It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folks that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of love and kindness’– Gandalf, The Hobbit, they each present a small body of work in mediums including drawing, painting, printmaking, video, textiles, photography and sculpture.
The artists have reflected on the current COVID-19 crisis, life in quarantine, the recent bushfire disasters and the climate emergency, and have responded to these large challenges through the lens of both vulnerability and strength.
The exhibition is striking in its quality and diversity. The works are strongly individual, some expressing sadness, some strength, some the need for peaceful solitude, for breath. There is also delightfully sardonic humour in the works of Roger Hancock. All the works are for sale and are certainly worthy of both public spaces and private homes.
For more info on the Lime Flamingo Collective, visit https://limeflamingocollective.com/
Image from Belconnen Arts Centre website: Winds of Change (detail) by Lesley Andersen.