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February 28, 2021

Painting from memory

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Oksana Waterfall. Photo Eve Jeffery
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A group exhibition featuring local artists Oksana Waterfall (pictured), Zom Osborne and Mandy Nolan was launched on Thursday night at Mullum’s Art Piece Gallery.

Curator Nadine Abensur says the theme for the works is based around memory and peripheral perception.

Mandy said of her involvement in the project,’for as long as I can remember I have drawn. I am still like the child who picks up a pencil and scratches out a picture of her family on the end of a serviette.

‘I remember winning a Monster Drawing competition when I was five years old. My father was a violent binge drinking alcoholic – its easy to draw monsters when you live with one. I won the competition hands down. My monster wasn’t scarier than any one else’s, its just that mine included a tiny figure curled in a ball hiding on the corner of the page. To this day its probably my best drawing.

‘I think I still draw with a similar naiveté. I don’t think much about the marks I make, they kind of turn up. These are a collection of drawings from my work drawer, the unconscious doodling or fiddling I do when I feel I have something a little more whimsical or softer to say. Or maybe sometimes, its because I don’t want to say anything at all.’

She humbly described the other two artists as, ‘much more fabulous of course than little old me’.



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  1. The still window of life opens up many things through transparency still. In that openness the windowsill acts as the frame while the white space needs to be filled with human experience as it grows out of youth to adulthood.
    Oksana Waterfall takes her pencil, the fine HB pencil as she is a fine artist taking the point and balancing the pencil point like a ballet dancer up on point and draws the detail of what she knows twirling and pushing the pencil in small circles as she goes. The finer things of life is what Oksana knows, the things that are not loud and rumbustious, obtuse and vulgar as is much of modern-day life. Her mind is ordered as she minds that order without the sordid clutter that surrounds much of us within the border of our state. She sketches and uses the vast white space so the viewers eyes are focused on the detail. Oksana has dreams and bigger things to show in her future that the world will begin to know and in her boat of many dreams off into the sunset she will sail drawing upon how the tides take her and how the water rises by the moon and also how the water falls as she takes a new page.


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