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Judy Rogers Romancing Botany Exhibition


Mon 12 Nov 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 7 Dec 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Tresillian Community Centre, 21 Tyrell Street, Nedlands, Nedlands, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: pandj

Exhibition of mixed media botanical paintings.

Artist Judy Rogers has a knack for making us look, and look again. Her work brings a sense of excitement, drama, tenderness and even erotica to everyday life. Perth has very few truly original artists with the ability to shock us into seeing things differently, with a visual language of their own. Rogers is in this class.

From a distance her works look like photo-realist paintings. Close up they become cross-hatched drawings using lines to form faces and bodies, like the etchings of Rembrandt or Norman Lindsay. Look again and you see the drawings are on—plywood!

Rogers arrived here from Hungary 22 years ago with an artistic direction and style that was already developed. She staged a string of exhibitions and won prizes for domestic scenes as she employed her unfamiliar techniques with confidence and authority. Rogers has now taken to botanica, but she has not become a scientific illustrator.

“I don’t want to bring cuttings into the studio and rearrange them to mimic life,” she says. “The outcome looks like an open-casket funeral to me.” Instead, Rogers uses her well-honed techniques to create “portraits” of plants, just as one makes a portrait of a human being. Each portrait has an added poignancy because it is a painting of a familiar plant, just as she paints her family members. As an added twist, she has taken to depicting our bushfire-resilient native flora with charcoal.

Geoff Vivian Seven West Media

Free artist talks on Sun 18th Nov 1–3pm and Sun 2nd Dec 1–3pm.