Burra Heritage Town and Memory of Place – SALA 2015
Burra, Heritage Town in the Bence Room has had two other showings this year, with different works but mostly the same artists. In the exhibition there are two Victorian mourning costumes made by Carmine Lake of Kapunda’s Little Glory Studio. On the afternoon of the opening mother and daughter Felicity and Morgan Mudge accompanied Carmine through town dressed as Victorian ladies, and mixed with the crowd in the gallery. The dresses are now shown on mannekins, and it would be easy to assume they are genuine antiques.
BJ Moore – Burra Promenade
BJ Moore – Burra Promenade
Alison Mitchell’s drawings and two paintings: All Roads Lead to Burra, a quirky pen and wash of bullocks harnessed together as a team, Sifting Through and Turning History Upside Down, of a bowl and colander, and blue and white pottery jugs bought in Gaslight. Alison is “mistress” of still life painting. Some may have seen her magnificent work Bulls Blood, a potted begonia rex, winner of last year’s Art of the Flower and Garden. Viewers always comment on the solidity of her painted objects, so real you feel you could pick them up.
Alison Mitchell – Sifting Through – Oil on canvas $1400
Peter Hart has made an intricate mostly wood collage of bits found around the place at Anlaby, near where he lives, based on poems by Geoffrey Dutton. Anna Mycko arranged and photographed kitchen and other domestic objects borrowed from Burra National Trust, and made two large free-hanging photographs. There is also a work among others made by Kapunda artist Maxine Donald of a rubbing she did of a mysterious Chinese gravestone, having concentrated her efforts on Burra Cemetery.
Anna Mycko preparing for her photography shoot with locally sourced items
Anna Mycko signs her work
Sue Michael focused on the hospital, as prior to doing her degree in Visual Arts she was a nurse. Her small works, of humour and poignancy, are founded on real stories taken from the Burra Record, with much appreciated input from Burra History Group Chair Meredith Satchell. Some titles are Baby Clinic, Place to Go When Sick, and Ghost Nurse. Off to Hospital illustrates a story of an uncomfortable journey to Burra Hospital by horse and cart, broken leg sticking straight up at ninety degrees, and dog trotting loyally alongside.
Sue Michael – Off to hospital Acrylic on board – $275
Kerry Youde – the illusion of innocence – Assemblage with digital collage and found objects – NFS
Kerry Youde – the illusion of innocence – Assemblage with digital collage and found objects – detail
Small works are shown in Memory of Place in the Annex. Kerry Youde, Burra Gallery’s new Exhibitions Coordinator, worked hard to bring it to fruition, and has two of her own works among those of four artists new to the gallery, Aurelia Carbone, Sue Garrard, Suzie Lockery and Ellen Schlobohm, and including Burra’s own Heike Dargusch.
Sue Garrard with her work – Oacaca Oaxaca – mixed screen print construction – NFS
Aurelia Carbone – a great idea – ambrotype on chocolate velvet with American White Oak matt & mahogany frame 2015 – $600 – SOLD
Kerry Youde – Familiar Faces – Digital Collage – Edition 1 of 3 – $175 SOLD