15 September - 4 October 2011
about the exhibition
Dianne Fogwell’s practice is centred on printmaking, painting and artist’s books. Using a repertoire of familiar images, Dianne uses pared back tones to illuminate parts of the landscape that often go unnoticed in our daily lives. Her works, sometimes appearing as imaginary, almost hallucinatory dreamscapes, create a story that flows from work to work like a page of text or music. The title ‘Shelter’ refers to the sanctuary and fragility of the artist’s home and suburb and the inspiration she gains from this. Dianne travels through her local surroundings gathering specimens, thoughts and images which she then documents through drawing, painting and carving into linoleum or wood. These observations, ideas and collected objects become the alphabet of her visual conversations and the less she physically travels, the further her imagination flies. The viewer is swept into an often dream-like journey that transports us into a surreal and joyous visual experience. Dianne compares the feelings behind creating these works to those of the narrator in Dostoyevsky’s short story, “White Nights”. Though oriented into his internal world and based in routine, in each recurring moment, there is recognition of something unseen or unfelt. As he says, “When I woke up it seemed to me that some snatch of a tune I had known for a long time, I had heard somewhere before but had forgotten, a melody of great sweetness, was coming back to me now. It seemed to me that it had been trying to emerge from my soul all my life, and only now.”
In a career spanning thirty years, Canberra artist Dianne Fogwell has had many solo exhibitions locally and interstate, and participated in group exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including the 1st Seoul International Artist Book Fair in Korea. Dianne has made a major contribution to the art community in Canberra through her art practice, teaching, curating and establishing press and print studios. Her work is represented in many public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, Artbank, Australian War Memorial, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Art Institute of Chicago (USA) and National Museum for Women in the Arts (Washington, USA).