Artitude Amplied – Telethon Speech and Hearing 2017

This weekend I exhibited along side Australia’s best artists at Artitude Amplifed, WA’s premier multi-gallery exhibition and sale of fine art returns AMPLIFIED! This year’s amplified event was held in CROWN PERTH’s Grand Ballroom on Saturday 15th July 2017.

Here are a few pictures taken by Curator David Forrest.

Here is a close of up of my piece taken from my Something Series:

‘Nurture Something Maternal’ 2017 Size: 1000mm x 700mm

Media: Large Format Macro Photography on Archival Fine Art Paper

For more information see link below:

Wanneroo Community Art Awards. 

Just a reminder its not too late to vote for your favourite artwork at Wanneroo Community Arts Awards. Here is my entry in the sculpture category: ‘Take a Walk in my Shoes before you Judge Me’ another piece from my Lost Soles collection!

Exhibition is on till 17th July 2017.

Artist: Claire Davenhall

Title: ‘Take a walk in my Shoes’ 2017

Medium: Found objects, wood, leather, metal, resin

Size: 300mm x 300mm x 300mm

Please find the link below for the 3D walk-through of the 2017 City of Wanneroo Community Art Awards.

https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=fbU4JkM5xaY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Between the Sheets: Artists’ Books 2017 represented by Australian Galleries in Melbourne

Opening soon,  my latest exhibition Between the Sheets: Artists’ Books 2017 represented by Australian Galleries in Melbourne. Here is a sneaky preview of my book ‘The Something Series.’

Artist: Claire Davenhall

Title: ‘The Something Series’ 2017

Medium: Archival Canson Fine Art Paper 300gsm, Digital Injet Print, Drift Rope

Size: 15 x 25 x 3cm

Edition Number: 1 of 1

 

Artist Statement:

Inspired by the award-winning coastline of WA, Claire has discovered delicate, intricate and unique natural objects, which she captures using macro photography. These beautiful ‘mini sculptures’ are often missed by people, at this level. Her fun, playful, thoughtful and intuitive images are inspired by her children, communicate stories and records memories, designed to uplift those who engage with them.

http://australiangalleries.com.au/exhibitions/

 

Pachamama to Showcase Award Winning Sculpture

I have found the most prefect location to install my lastest award winning piece ‘Frogmosis’, showcasing itself to be the-mother-of-all-frogs in the nature pond at Pachamama Early Education & Childcare, an award winning nature based play activity centre situated in Perth hills. I just love this place!

Pachamama translates from the Inca (indigenous people of the Andes) as ‘Mother Earth.’ See how amazing this place is for yourself on their FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/PachamamaEarlyEducationandChildcare


Claire Davenhall with FROGMOSIS – Winner of International Drift Installation Awards 2017.

The inspiration for FROGMOSIS came from my sons collecting baby frogs in the natural spring-fed pond at Pachamama. With “osmosis” as the theme of the recent awards, the sculpture follows the story of Darwin’s’ Theory of Evolution in which creatures crawled out of the water and onto the land. FROGMOSIS features a slippery smooth skin that ripples across the water through the semi-permeable layer and onto Australian Land. The work is made from fibreglass and resin, with a special chameleon paint that changes colour from green and gold with undertones of blue and purple.

Pachamama is honoured to soon showcase the award-winning FROGMOSIS as the mother-of-all-frogs as the feature artwork in our new nature frog pond area.

The work won the Major prize at Drift Installation Awards which invites local, national and international artists to design and create installation artwork of a high standard, which are professionally curated and installed throughout the Stretch Arts Festival.

Artist Claire Davenhall with her Inspirational Boys.

Winner of Drift Installation Awards 2017

Drift Installation Art Awards

This weekend I won the Major Sculpture Prize at Drift Installation Awards, its a exciting competition which was first held in 2015 and is quickly growing into a signature event of the Stretch Arts Festival. This competition invites local, national and international artists, to design and create installation artwork of a high standard, which are professionally curated and installed throughout the Stretch Arts Festival. Together these artworks create an intriguing and exciting exhibition, free for the public to explore, enjoy and be inspired by.


 



























Title:'Frogmosis' 2017
Artist: Claire Davenhall
Materials: Fibre glass, resin, prosthetic eyes, colour shifting 
Green/gold/blue/purple Automotive Paint
Size: 170x120x40cm
Price: On request

Artists Statement:

FROGMOSIS tells the story of Darwin’s’ Theory of Evolution, when creatures crawled out of the water and onto the land. Its slippery smooth skin ripples across the water, as it moves through the semi-permeable Layer and onto Australian Land. Glowing shades of green and gold it transforms to a land based creature sharing its beauty to all who can see her.

The colours change throughout the day, starting with green in the morning sun, changing to gold by the afternoon and then display blue and purple undertones as the sun starts to sun. The theme of Drift Installation Awards was Osmosis and after researching the process of Osmosis it was pretty clear that I wanted to make some sort of creature that crawls out of the water onto the land, a very early form of amphibian, so I played around with the words and came up a new word which I created, ‘Frogmosis’. The final piece is located the moat outside MANPAC, it looks amazing and its the prefect location of my work.

 

My two boys (Gabriel and Azriel) were very excited about winning the Prize they had found lots of baby frogs in a local pond to show me while was I making the work, they always like to get involved in what I make, its the prefect learning opportunity where Science and Art to come together beautifully.

The judges comments for the Major Sponsor Award – City of Mandurah

“A site specific work which suited the Osmosis theme; real feel of life beginning in the primordial pools; paint finish and technically well executed.”

Click on the link to find out more about Stretch Arts Festival in Mandurah.

http://www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/stretch

Artist in Residence – Complete

Last week, saw the opening of my new ceramic wall mural,  which I completed as part of my Artist in Residence at Tranby College.

The Tranby Brig  – Over the Indian Ocean’ 2017

by Artist Claire Davenhall

This work celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the College, which was named after the Brig Tranby, which arrived in the Swan River Colony on February 3rd, 1830, bringing a group of Methodist settlers to the fledgling community. In the early 1990s, the Rockingham Congregation of the Uniting Church started to think about possibility of establishing a low fee Uniting Church School in the southern suburbs along the lines of St Stephen’s in Duncraig.

In Christianity, the symbol of the fish relates to abundance and faith. While in European cultures, the fish had symbolic meanings of adaptability, determination, flow of life and often associated with creativity as well as with wisdom.  While the 20 Doves, with wings of flames, symbolise each year of the College and is recognised as a Uniting Church emblem, which reflects the coming together of ideas.

My Speech to the Upper Primary Students:

Thank you for having me back at this very exciting time. I am very privileged to be unveiling this awesome ceramic wall mural in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Tranby College.

I was about your age when I first realised I wanted to be an artist and it’s the best job in he world, where I get to share my gift of art and my talents as an artist to not only to the students at Tranby college, but also to your Teacher Gill king and Technician Ms Hannah.

As an artist, I get lots of ideas in my head about things I want to make… I try to follow my dreams and ambitions as much as I can. But on this occasion, I could have never have done so without your help.

I am absolutely blow away by the level of skill and talent shown by you at the very early stages of the design process. I looked at all your work and tried to combine as many drawings of your work as I could into this final design…you may recognise some of your drawing in this design stage.

The next stage was creating the clay tiles, taking you designs to the next level. All of the tiles you made were exceptional. They were carefully crafted to fit the design of the work and some of you even improvised to create your own clay tile to fit the design. The glazing of the work, adding colour and detail was also exceptional. I taught you how many layers of glaze you needed to achieve your desired effect and they turned out perfect!

At every stage of the development you were able to rise to the challenge and do your best. For me, as the Artist in Residence, it was very easy to pull your work together to produce this ceramic wall mural because you listened carefully, you followed instructions and together we produced a beautiful mural that you should you should feel proud to say ‘I DID THAT.’

I know I feel very proud to say ‘I DID THAT WITH YOU!’ And I’m pretty sure I couldn’t have done it without you!

Here are a few images: Design – Clay Production – Glazing Application – Installation:

SNAP 17

Tomorrow, is the opening of SNAP17 at Aspire Gallery in Brisbane, an open theme Group Exhibition for artists who manipulate or capture photography in their work with the aim of encouraging the growth of photography in Australia. I have sent over a small piece called ‘Discover something unseen’ 2017.

Artist Statement
Claire Davenhall is a Western Australian Visual Artist, who works in both Sculpture and Photography. Inspired by the award-winning Australian coastline, she has discovered delicate, intricate and unique natural objects, which she captures using macro photography.

To see the rest of the works see link below:
http://aspiregallery.com.au/…/135-snap17-group-photography-…