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Whimsical works bring Japanese simplicity to Ballina

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The Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina is hosting an exhibition, Parade, by artist Katka Adams, which opens today and closes on 4 August.

Katka, originally from Prague, arrived in Australia in 1968.

She was forced to leave her home country as Russia invaded Czechoslovakia. Initially she settled in Melbourne, and then Sydney before moving to the Northern Rivers, where she works as a fulltime artist.

Her latest work evolved from her recent travels in Japan.

‘I witnessed a magical procession of adorned rocks and trees, shrines to various animals and sacred places of natural beauty,’ she said.

‘Offerings were lovingly placed along forest paths and in meticulously manicured gardens. The attention to detail in Japan is incredible but there is also a sense of restraint, a simplicity which I hope that I have captured in this series of drawings.’

Parade is a collection of pastel drawings on paper which playfully create narratives depicting animals within a domestic space.

Using a combination of bold colours and dramatic lighting each work captures a moment in wonder of the everyday.

On a more complex level the narratives transform into insights about the way humanity interacts with other spaces and explores the symbolism of a universal psyche and the human spirit.

The Northern Rivers Community Gallery is located at 44 Cherry Street Ballina and is open Wednesday to Friday from 10am until 4pm and weekends from 9.30am until 2.30pm. For further information, contact the Gallery on telephone 02 6681 6167.

 


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