14 August - 2 September 2008
about the exhibition
Dianne Fogwell’s practice is centred on printmaking and artist books. Her images come from the cinema of sleep where objects merge and blend and knowledge and intuition have no boundaries. She is constantly mindful that this environment could soon be displaced, bulldozed and developed into an urban landscape of apartments. These works, often appearing as imaginary, almost hallucinatory, dreamscapes create a story that flows from work to work like a page of text or music. The exhibition title “habitat” comes from Dianne’s daily observations of the natural world as she reflects on the environment in which she lives and works in North Canberra and it’s importance to her artistic practice. She is constantly mindful that this environment could soon be displaced, bulldozed and developed into an urban landscape of apartments. Dianne says of her work “Images evoke memory. Each image, when it is near another, creates a small narrative that touches each viewer in a unique way, but a common story is still told.”
In a career spanning thirty years, Dianne has had many solo exhibitions locally and interstate, and participated in group exhibitions both in Australia and internationally, including the 1st International Book Arts Fair in Seoul, Korea. Dianne has made a major contribution to the art community in Canberra through teaching, curating and establishing press and print studios. Her work is represented in many public collections including the National Gallery of Australia; Artbank; Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, Greece; National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, USA; National Library of Australia and the Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Miami, USA.