Exhibitions & Updates

Artworks for Kerrie Warren’s ‘Interwoven Systems of Existence’ exhibition burst with colour at Frankston Arts Centre

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Jan 2017  I love the beginning of a New Year, especially this one! It was such a wonderful opportunity to have a studio just around the corner from the NGV over the past two years but nothing is quite like waking up in the morning and walking just across the yard to my own. I have finally unpacked and found a spot for each and every piece created over the period. The walls in the studio also serve to store the larger works on linen (remaining well protected behind clear heavy sheets of plastic) whilst the pottery provided adequate space for much of the ceramics.  I hadn’t realised until a few days ago that while I was working hard elsewhere, the glamorous Redback spider had moved in and made herself busy spinning not so glamorous looking webs. Most of her work featured on the outside of the building thank goodness but I did find a couple of her friends getting creative in the entry! A big clean-up was in order before new work could begin and as I hosed down the webs on the external walls to reclaim my territory I reminded myself that even though the notorious Redback spider might be dangerously venomous, it was I who belonged to the most aggressive species on the planet. I’m not sure how I feel about this, so back to painting!!  The studio is my temple in which I contemplate life and I often wonder what it means to belong to such an aggressive species as I seek to find ‘my place and purpose’ within nature. As I physically work and move around in the space I gain a more acute sense of rhythm which I postulate is my own personal connection to this existential experience of life. It is here in the work that I loose myself and find myself – a persistent inner drive to create has my full and devoted attention as I work in the moment. Settled into the gentle slopes of Crossover, in the solitude of the studio, I am now set free once again to throw the paint, throw the clay – to draw, to read and write!

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Of Colour and Light Invite

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May 2016   ‘The Bonfire’ was lit up, larger than life on the walls of the Frankston Arts Centre on Friday evening, 13th May 2016.  I feel honoured to be the first artist selected for this ongoing external exhibition that has now become a feature of the Frankston Arts Centre.  ‘The Bonfire’ will be installed for a 2 – 3 year period (weather dependant).  I want to take this opportunity to thank Andrew Moon, Manager of Arts and Culture, for considering my work to be part of such an inspiring public project.  I generally work to very large scales but I must admit that this was the first time I’d been asked to make a work even larger than the original!  The actual painting is 4 mts x 6 mts, a quadriptych… so in order to create this large scale image on vinyl, very high resolution images of each section had to be taken and digitally stitched together.  And here I thank Darryl Whitaker, my good friend and professional photographer who took on that crucial role.  I would also like to thank the Frankston Arts Board, the City of Frankston and everyone who attended… including our very special guest and great supporter of the Arts Maudi Palmer AO.

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‘The Bonfire’ on vinyl featuring on the walls of the Frankston Arts Centre   Photography by Darryl Whitaker

Read more about ‘The Bonfire’ painting in ‘ArtView’, January Issue 2016, 20 / 21