This is a catalogue of the work on exhibition at CASPA Gallery Castlemaine in April 2016. The first solo exhibition of Sonja's Vagabondage.
The exhibition consists of acrylic paintings and digital photography, the inspiration for which was the incredible and vastly differing landscape Sonja had recently travelled through. Area such as Lake Mungo in NSW,the river country of Mildura and Wellington, Flinders Ranges in SA including a flight out over Lake Eyre, and then a slow drive and exploration of the coast line from Adelaide to Melbourne. The latter begun at the great lakes of Alexandria and Albert where the Murry River meets the sea and continued along the Coorong National Park. Robe and Beachport were breathtaking with evidence of volcanic activity some 5000 or more years before. The vagabondage continued along The Great Ocean Road and the Ottway ranges. The next adventure will be as Artist in Residence on Flinders Island in May. The Vagabondage continues.
I am an interdisciplinary artist on a journey of discovery and reignition. My work is an emotional and physical response to the landscape. As a child I spent time on the Murrumbidgee River in and around Darlington Point NSW. For a while we lived on the banks of the river and I love the smell of river clay on my skin and in my hair. I continue to be inspired and invigorated by the sites, smells and sounds of the Australian landscape, which is vast and diverse and there is always more to see, touch and smell. My work is currently centred around acrylic painting on canvas and continues to involve digital photography that has a macro quality, focussing on detail, colour and contrast. Drawing with inks and charcoals is also a consistent part of my practice and the style shifts, ebbs and flows. As my vagabondage continues physically and geographically so does my art practice, forever evolving.