NEW WORK: Memory of Fraser Island, part of the exhibition Landscape: letting go ... by Sandra Ross, on show at Gatakers Artspace in Maryborough.
NEW WORK: Memory of Fraser Island, part of the exhibition Landscape: letting go ... by Sandra Ross, on show at Gatakers Artspace in Maryborough. Contributed

Artist is letting go to gain renewal

GYMPIE artist Sandra Ross explores concepts of letting go in her latest exhibition at Gatakers Artspace in Maryborough, opening Friday.

Using the genre of landscape as a symbol for renewal and letting go, Ross invites people to put their values on her artwork as part of their own journey of renewal.

By deciding to select one of her pieces to take home, without payment, Ross will be giving it away while you will be giving it a new life.

A price tag puts a monetary value on each work but what is this value?

Each person will value Ross's work in a different way and she feels that money can be seen as an abstract construct and that value has no correlation with money.

But if you feel uncomfortable about taking a piece you are welcome to barter with her by helping in her garden, building a pathway or offering your skills or services.

Each artwork will have a dollar value placed on it so if you feel more comfortable you can purchase the work for the stated amount.

The genre of landscape has been chosen as Ross feels it is a metaphor for her life.

The ever-changing renewal of the landscape wilderness helps her to understand her connection to the natural world and has allowed her to reinvent herself during periods of extreme despair.

Ross has drawn the landscape from observation and memory over the years and this has given her a visual repertoire in sketch diaries to explore in her studio.

She can lose herself in the process of doing and can meditate on the past, get angry or frustrated then find clear space to reflect and let go of some of her own personal baggage and begin again.

She recalls a moment when a lot of her works on paper were damaged by water during a furious storm.

"I pulled out the work from wet folders revealing buckled mouldy soggy paper. When prizing each one apart they ripped and tore."

A part of her died with each one, as the pieces were treasured from university days.

All her seminal works were ruined. She felt lost but sought a way to bring them back to life, to resurrect them. By choosing some fragments and systematically chopping them up she worked into these with paint and other materials, seeing the potential in each new piece. In the process of letting go she was creating something new.

Ross is a visual artist who has completed a Bachelor of Education (Art) and a Masters of Arts Visual Arts. Sandra is now working as the Education and Public Programs Officer at the Gympie Regional Gallery.

She is committed to her art practice by exhibiting regularly and entering art competitions, often winning.

LETTING GO

Title: Landscape: letting go ...

Official opening: Friday, at 6.30pm

On until: August 31

Venue: Gatakers Artspace,

322 Kent St, Maryborough.

Open: Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm and

Saturday and Sunday, 10am-1pm.

Further information: Phone 4190 5723.

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