It’s ‘the limitless alternatives and the rich all-natural habitats’ that surround Sophie Perez which provide as the major inspiration for her paintings. The reflections of deadwood tree trunks glint across the surface area of a billabong, paperbark dangles from the spindly arm-like branches of a gumtree, and brown kangaroo grass ripples in the breeze. In the whimsically-titled Fields of Gelato, brushstrokes map scoops of rolling, colourful hills that vanish into an ocean horizon.
These are scenes of stillness. Fleeting times that give a feeling of capturing time in movement, and revelling in its transience. They are ‘a gentle reminder of nature at its best’.
Sophie’s landscapes are inflected by memory and emotion, manipulated by the distance of time, but brightened by the sharpness of emotions connected with the place. ‘Before I start out placing brush to canvas, I can previously see how I want it to perform,’ she says of the relevance of memory. ‘The emotion of the moment is definitely crucial to me.’
The artist is effective from her Mornington studio, which is flooded with organic mild and open to people. Her local community is also welcome to sign up for the artist for a a person evening only event at her upcoming exhibition, Discussions in Time, in Richmond. On February 15th Sophie will host a prolonged lunch in the exhibition area, where by likeminded people today can gather to talk about art, all over a a few-study course Moroccan feast by Mr Curtis in Mount Martha, and paired with Mornington Peninsula wines. Tickets will be out there for 12 friends and part of the ticket proceeds will be donated to Red Cross Australia Disaster reduction charm.
Sophie’s next job will be to head to the Pilbara in Western Australia in the middle of the 12 months, the place her watery environmentally friendly creeks and hills will give way to arid desert sands. It is a prospect to commune with other artists, experiment with new mediums and see points she has hardly ever witnessed right before.
Discussions In Time by Sophie Perez
February 8th – 29th
208 Lennox Avenue