Growing Pains is participated in Open Studios 2017 to showcase the incredible young talent within the hills. It provided a space that encouraged individual practice as well as being open to exploration, experimentation and collaboration. They were energetic and loud, and push the boundaries of art and the studio experience.
Growing Pains Initiative welcomed over 600 visitors to its studio over Open Studios Weekend on April 29th and 30th.
Image credits to Emma and Robyn Koumourou
Talia Van Bockel
Inspired by all things natural, Talia’s practice attempts to portray them in a new way so that others are able to see the beauty of the natural world. She enjoys displaying natural elements in patterns as a way of allowing people to connect with them in different ways.
Whilst majoring in Middle East Studies under a bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography) at Deakin University, drawing has become Emma favourite pastime. Living in the Dandenong Ranges has provided her with a beautiful setting to inspire her pieces. She finds escapism in stargazing, which has immensely inspired many of her recent fine-liner sketches.
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Molly Simons is a Costume Designer focusing in armour making and Cosplay. She mainly works with floor foam mats but is now exploring with a material called Worbla. She works primarily from home and uses conventions such as Comic Con to display her work. She has completed her Bachelor of Creative Arts at Deakin University.
Brendan Hartnett is a young Melbourne based artist working predominantly with oil paint and charcoal. Brendan's work takes advantage of dry and gritty oil paint juxtaposed against thin runs of stained turpentine that are active and physical in application to create provocative and sensual works; usually large in scale. His pieces are mostly neutral, stark and fleshy in tone, playing with the interrelationship of arousal and repulsion. Fascinated with the properties of paint, texture, anatomy, flesh and vanity, Brendan Hartnett's paintings are meaty, fresh and 21st century.
Katherine has recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Monash University, and has spent the last few years within the creative community, from volunteering at Burrinja Cultural Centre, participating in the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios in 2015 and 2016, working collaboratively with other local artists as well as developing her own creative practice and business. Katherine also has a strong interest in helping other creative people with the business side of their practices, leading her to start running her own professional development workshops last year. Artistically, Katherine works primarily with acrylic paint, and is interested in the ways in which pattern and form interact.
Britt Westaway is a practicing artist and designer in Melbourne. She has had artwork showcased in the 2013 VCE Creative showcase exhibition at Burrinja Cultural Centr, participated in the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios in 2012 and 2015 and was exhibited in the 2016 exhibition Emergence.
In 2016 Britt was awarded a scholarship to study Graphic Design at CATC Design School and is now is studying Communication Design at Billy Blue College of Design.
Zahara’s practice primarily utilises ink in the format of fineliner and ballpoint pen though she enjoys all mixed media practices. She works to continually evolve her style and explore new mediums. In 2013 her artwork was displayed in the VCE Creative showcase exhibition at Burrinja Cultural Centre. She draws on feminist ideologies, the everyday and mundane tasks to inform her art.
Inspired by the world around him and the world of superheroes, Adam’s practice includes costume making and illustration. He tries to include an element of fun into everything he does, as he believes the world to be too serious.
Dan is a Managing Director at Melbourne indie games studio Correct Rejection, and is also a programmer within the team. He has a successful YouTube channel, DrapsTV where he covers computer science and creative programming, he also tutors game design at Swinburne University.
Nadia’s creative pursuits range from painting and sculpture to drama which she is currently studying at Deakin University. Nadia is inspired by faces, facial expressions and the textures of skin, wrinkles and the shine of eyes.