Mullumbimby creative duo Potts and Anne Leon are staging a joint exhibition A Matter Of Balance at the Lone Goat Gallery in the Byron Bay library building. The exhibition opens on Friday January 6, 6pm–8pm and is described as ‘a provocative insight into the natural balance between habitat, humans, plants, animals, the ocean, and the balance required in surfing’.
‘Employing different approaches to the same theme, Anne and Potts found their work crossing over, which gave rise to some unique collaborative pieces that capture the imagination and sing with form and colour.’
Anne says, ‘This show has been a journey of discovery and wonders found, photographed, or picked up in everyday walks along the beach and bushland. My focus has been on interpreting the natural world, through materials and techniques that help to demonstrate the tenuous balance of nature.
‘In particular, plant-dyeing, where I use roots, leaves and flowers imprinted onto paper and cloth, to create a delicate but defined “eco-print”, formed by cooking the plant materials into the substrates. The dyeing often forms the first layer, to which I add screen-prints, etchings or drawings.’
For Potts, ‘Whether print-making, painting or collage, I am constantly fluctuating between genres and techniques to express my vision. The beauty of the trees inspires me to paint, the texture of the ocean lends itself to silkscreen printing and collage, while Australia’s wildflowers just come alive when translated to scraperboard, enlarged, hand coloured and printed.’
See more at facebook.com/AnneLeonDesigns.