For Melbourne artists, Mark Hislop, Melinda Schawel and Eleanor Millard, the creative process and conceptualisation of recent work has been bound up in the activity of walking locally and observation.
Being residents of Melbourne, each with a home studio or a studio within walking distance of home, they have been fortunate enough to continue working during the city’s extreme Lockdown periods. Emotionally, it has been a difficult time, trying to reconcile the effort, anticipation and energy expended, along with sharp and abrupt cancellations, curfews, Lockdowns and difficulties and trauma suffered by others. It has been a time when the activity of art making has become a very deliberate act.
External circumstances continue to present challenges, yet, for each artist, the imagination is stimulated by the rich topography of an inner world, experienced in local walks, observation and reflection.The notion of creativity flourishes for all three. During this time of isolation and introspection, focus turns inwards and stimulates creativity in meaningful and personal ways for each.
Wagner Contemporary is delighted to present three exhibitions at Sydney Contemporary this year: 'Ghost Flowers and Zombie Plants', by Mark Hilsop; 'Spark', by Melinda Schawel and 'Resonance of Sound', by Eleanor Millard.