Emma Koumourou is a Melbourne based visual artist, majoring in Middle East Studies under a BA of Creative Arts (Photography) at Deakin University. Her art practice, whilst related to what she is studying, has become a form of escapism and a place of refuge.
Emma doesn’t limit herself to one art-form, but enjoys practicing many, whether that be intricate fine-liner work, large free-stroke paintings or smudgy charcoal drawings. She aims to try everything and enjoys making mistake, for it is there she is introduced to new techniques and ways of manipulation.
For “Of Nature”, Emma wanted to focus on floral intricacies, and how they can complement the subtleties of the face. She desired to find the commonalities between facial features and that of nature. For example, how freckles may resemble stars or seeds, how hair resembles waves or petals, or the veins in leaves, resembling the veins in our wrists. Emma finds the similarities between our physical beings and the natural elements intriguing.
Tara explores pictorial narrative in both her ceramic surfaces and shapes often mimicking nature patterns and questioning the imprint we have on the land. Eco printing on fabrics such as wool with an ancient bundle dyeing technique and on paper by printing and drawing with ink all telling stories of the land around her.
Inspired by a passion for animals and a love of native flora, Mia is a Melbourne based artist and illustrator whose work playfully brings our awareness back into the natural world. She works mainly with watercolours, pencil, pen and acrylic, and is always experimenting with new ways to connect with her environment. Her work is gentle and warm, using a calming palette and intricate detail. Mia finds great joy in capturing all she sees around her and finds her two pet snails Humphrey and Lauren to be the most dependable life models.
The collection of works by Mia Emily Freeman in “Of Nature”, are a celebration of the colour and variety found in Australian birdlife. We are reminded of beauty that is so easily overlooked in today’s society.
Amy Daeche is a 25 year old Melbourne artist, currently completing her Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts, six years after finishing her Diploma in the same field. Having exhibited in a solo show amongst many group shows in 2012, her artistic style and exploration have grown and adapted considerably within that creative hiatus. Amy is an avid hiker and camper with a passion for conservation, native fauna and flora.
Within her current body of work, through printmaking, impressionist watercolours and mixed media sculpture, Amy wants to inspire a connection with her subject matter whilst channelling her own sense of belonging. Our native bird life are the central focus.
Through her art she wants to highlight the beauty of the life around us, whilst also creating awareness on issues such as habitat loss and decline in bird numbers by using her artistic platform to fundraise for local native bird rescues and rehabilitation centres. She celebrates the idea of belonging and connection to our native wildlife. The idea that we get so enraptured by the mechanisms of society, we don’t stop to appreciate and build that relationship to our natural world.
Her two relief prints “Tree Tops” and “The Sweet Talkers” feature our local Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos. These birds are one species of Black Cockatoo native to Australia, some of which are creeping on the endangered species list. It is important to stop and appreciate these beautiful birds, recognising that little by little we are impacting their numbers and encroaching on their habitats.
Black cockatoos mate for life, Amy’s work treasures that connection between these incredible creatures and helps to establish that loving narrative to inspire responsibility in admiring and effort looking after our native bird species.