All around genius, the German-born theoretical physicist Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) bless him, left a legacy of so many wise and wonderful quotes. He said ‘Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions’.
This certainly applies to the works of emerging artist Salli Sixpence, who is using macro photography to capture flora over paint in which flowers become ‘flying creatures, dancing creatures – visceral playthings’ involved in shadow play. Following a successful 2012 solo Exhibition at the Lethbridge Gallery at Paddington in Brisbane the second Salli Sixpence show Flying Pretty, in February 2013, will present a new body of work, adding to a rapidly growing repertoire ‘concentrating on reincarnating all things botanical with a mixture of paint, glass and camera’. “What it would be to fly.” wished a garden bed bound daisy, according to Salli who responded by giving it wings. He is doing ‘something constructive’ and enjoying it.
Salli Sixpence is a talented visual artist, who was ‘surrounded by art and artzy types from toddler to twenty’. He was also a finalist in the 2011 and 2012 competition sponsored by one of Australia’s largest law firms Clayton Utz. The Award offers a $10,000 winner’s prize and a guaranteed exhibition space for the finalist who can demonstrate their commitment to artistic practice. The Clayton Utz LAUNCH Art Award is awarded to Queensland based artists, or artists with a strong connection to Queensland. It is all about encouraging young emerging artists in their careers. Sixpence also won the Lethbridge 10 000 Art Award in 2011.
Salli Sixpence creates large works that deliver on form and colour by first creating the backgrounds for his subjects by sliding two acrylic paint laden glass plates together until a desired effect of storm clouds or water background is achieved. The slivers of flora are then configured onto the plates in full shade and the macroscopic photo is taken.
The vibrancy of the light source for the primary subject is realized by using a bevelled mirror to skim refracted sunlight across the surface. It is important to note that a minimum of digital manipulation is used – save for the tweak of a beak or the warp of a wing to achieve the penultimate of botanical wall bling.
As Sixpence himself says ‘it either pops for you or it don’t’!
Sixpence, in his ‘artist’s statement’ says ‘if push comes to shove he will talk of the Marco Polo of neurological science – Professor Vilayanur Ramachandran and his paper on The Universal Artistic Constant in which the view is put that’ …“Regardless of the art style or culture being studied there are particular colour combinations married to certain curves and shapes that will attract the primordial eye no matter the personal abstract preferences”.
From the devil may care attitude of his startling Sodom and Gomorrah to the sleek, serene streamlined Lake Limousine and his toe tapping Bolshoi on Ice, the works Salli Sixpence is presenting in his Flying Pretty show will be sure to attract a whole new following, and a good attendance for this artist at what is an amazing gallery.
The Lethbridge Gallery has built a solid reputation based on its group of diverse and very impressive artists since it was founded.
They have varied styles and unique ways of producing contemporary works that stimulate the imagination, inspire innovation and reflect a new age society that wants more than what the eye can merely see.
Today’s society wants to experience art and integrate it into their daily lifestyles.
A plethora of Salli Sixpence’s works on display in a series of rooms within a contemporary or traditional living space would go a long way towards aiding the atmosphere and motivating the mood.
136 La Trobe Terrace, Paddington
Opens on Saturday, 9 February 2013
136 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington Qld
Exhibition runs 19-21 February 2013
Enquiries: (07) 3369 4790
Gallery Open: Thursday – Sunday 10am to 5pm
Salli’s first solo exhibition was in 2012 at Lethbridge Gallery. This showing attempts to drive a single vibrant focal point and allow the storm clouds to swirl and expanses of water to wash wide
Salli Sixpence Exhibitions to Date
2012 Clayton Utz LAUNCH Art Award – Finalist Solo Exhibition – Lethbridge Gallery
2011 Clayton Utz LAUNCH Art Award – Finalist Lethbridge 10 000 Art Award – Most Original St Stephens COSSAG Art Show – McGuinness-Wilson Art Prize Blackbutt Rail Trail Festival – Sculpture Prize
2010 Nudgee College Art Exhibition – Terry White Art Prize Solo Exhibition – Martin Galleries Nundah Festival Art Exhibition – Martin Galleries Prize