Squished - spotlight shines on young artists

Published on 03 July 2018

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Squished, which opens at the Eltham Library Community Gallery, Panther Place, Eltham on Thursday 5 July, turns the spotlight on six of Nillumbik’s emerging artists ranging in age from 18-20. The work is diverse, as are the different mediums used.
All the artists are members of the Squish Art Collective, which was established last year and includes both artists and musicians.
Squished is the Squish Art Collective’s debut exhibition and runs until 6 August.
Council’s Arts Advisory Committee deputy chair, Councillor Jane Ashton said Council was proud to have supported the exhibition through a Youth Development Quick Response grant.
“It is wonderful Council can help provide young people with a platform for their creativity. I hope the debut work of many young artists will be showcased for years to come,” Cr Ashton said.
The emerging artists are:  

  • Ellie Bricknell, 18, is exhibiting 40 pieces of artwork using a variety of mediums ranging from charcoal to acrylic and watercolour. Ellie explained her work, “We are living in two very different worlds, between the physical and mental realm. One of my messages is how to navigate your own mind in a society that is quite broken.”
  • Jordan Spargo, 18, said the exhibition gave him a chance to showcase his photographs. “Art is subjective, people take what they want from it.”
  • Jemima Longworth, 20, is studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT. Her nude oil paintings showcase women in a non-apologetic and liberating way.
  • Emily Rose Clarke, 20, is studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT and majoring in ceramics. “I like doing things with my hands,” she said. “Whatever you make with ceramics is going to be there for a long time.” Her work is inspired by her travels in India and symbolises the sacred and spiritual elements of both humans and animals.
  • Shelby Wilton, 20, is studying Visual Arts at RMIT. She is fascinated by acrylics on canvas as it helps her artwork look bold, sketchy and stand out. Shelby’s inspiration comes from observing her surroundings.
  • Ella McKenzie’s art is inspired through conveying emotion using black and white lines with colour. The 18-year-old loves how expressive faces can be, and draws on her own feelings, which inspire her work.

 For further information, contact Arts and Cultural Development on 9433 3175 or email artsinfo@nillumbik.vic.gov.au