Goulburn Regional Art Gallery



Shags, Self portrait (sweet solitude), 2017, two layered monotype, 152 x 112cm

Photograph Brenton McGeachie


Goulburn Regional Art Gallery continues its commitment to exhibiting local and regional artists' work.  Goulburn Regional Art Gallery provides professional development opportunities for artists living in the Southern Tablelands, Canberra region and the Southern Highlands (an approx 120km radius of Goulburn) but supporting the creation of new work and raising the profile of artists in the region, as well as providing stimulating floortalks, masterclasses, workshops and artists' talks throughout the year.

In 2012 Goulburn Regional Art Gallery introduced Snapshot - a Local Artist Space in the Gallery Foyer space.  Artists from the local region are invited to submit a proposal to exhibit one large work or several smaller works in the foyer area and give an artist talk or demonstration based on their art practice.  Exhibitions run for a period of one month and are subject to an application process.

Some of the artists who have exhibited here in the past two years have gone on to be part of larger main gallery exhibitions.

Snapshot application form and guidelines click here

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Currently on exhibition

SHAGS - Action Printing - Snapshot Exhibition

31 August - 13 October 2018

Artist Statement:

'Shags' is a Canberra based artist working across printmaking, drawing, zines, performance and projection.  She often uses text, audio, humour and chance to make works that spruik empathy or alternative forms of communication.

Shags processed the information around her through a variety of visual means - she is dyslexic and experiences the perceptual phenomena synaesthesia, whereby stimulation of one sensory pathway can lead to another.  She understands her environment in non-verbal ways - colour, sensation, intuition, noise and tactility.  Thus words are not the artist's first language and she has often expressed frustration by their limitations and the linear order they require to convey ideas.

The works exhibited here are non-figurative self-portraits were made on the floor with the artist working backwards with the end of a paintbrush and using her bodyweight as the printing press.  She sees the physical exertion of printmaking at this scale as a form of spontaneous choreography; a communicative dance that can be as misinterpreted as the tone of an email or a conversation without body language.  The resulting marks capture the movement, immediate thoughts and presence of a person at a particular point in time: and ask the viewer to question their notions of what constitutes as portraiture and why they hold that belief.  This is part of Shag's ultimate aim; to encourage audiences to continue to ask questions, and to look at situations and viewpoints from other people's perspectives.

Shags would like to thank the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and the ANU School of Art and Design Emerging Artists Support Scheme for this opportunity.



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