the wildlands art space
Curated by Front Left Gallery
More than just art on the wall.
Everyone deserves to feel safe.
safe spaces are a basic right for the living
I am my own home
A place I can be
- Sarah Masson
FEATURING WORKS BY:
Charlotte Whierds is minimal, monochrome, bizarre and with humour. With inspiration drawn from myth, folklore, psychedelic experience, self reflection and art nouveau, she hopes to communicate the deep, dark feminine mysteries of nature through abstract portraiture. Each work follows the will of the line. The women who appear on the page gaze back with secrets in their eyes and great tales in their futures.
Christina is an emerging Melbourne based digital designer and visual artist originally from South Australia. Christina specialises in acrylic paint on canvas and enjoys painting poritiature, natural forms & patterns seen in nature.
The nature of the works are hyper colourful, other worldly and surrealist in nature The ideas and concepts of pieces often stem from and are rooted in the spiritual and non physical and communicate philosophical concepts centred around the exploration of soul and spirit.
The works are often based on feeling states with the use of colour to communicate emotion and touches on themes such as expansion, transformation, connection and love.
The Crud Muffins are a creative collective of 7 friends who write and illustrate zines, set up immersive lowbrow visionary art spaces, run workshops and create and facilitate collaborative artworks together. Their work chronicles the infinitely bizarre phantasmagorical expanse of the imaginative realm known as The NadRad.
Dylan is a self taught, Melbourne based artist who is originally from Phillip Island. Drawing inspiration from his coastal home and work as an arborist; his style is a fusion of high contrasting, abstract, black and white dot/line illustrations that have links to nature, animals, anatomy and the world around you.
With clean lines and multitudes of dots, look deeper to discover a new world in each individual piece.
Georgia Mihnjak is a Melbourne based artist, who grew up in Newtown Sydney. Attending Newtown Performing Arts High School, she became enthralled with expression through anything creative.
She has always had a fascination with people, their bodies and the energy that they give and receive. Her focus is on love and interconnectedness with the universe, nature and how our souls interact.
She loves experimenting with watercolour, acrylic and the juxtaposition of black and white ink to portray the perfect imperfections of feelings, using art as an opportunity to navigate these reflections.
Evangeline’s work acts as a spatial disruption through the ephemeral invasion of colour, examining the boundaries between the decorative and the feminine, the grotesque and the pretty, the meaningless and the significant. Her aim is to redefine intense shapes and colours not as pejoratively ‘girly’, silly and hollow, but as inherently momentous and powerful. She uses the saturated colour of the acrylic paint and the fluffy texture of the faux fur to explore the idea of excessive prettiness that verges on being tacky and ugly.
This installation propels the viewer’s sensory involvement past just passively observing. This work smells and each colour radiates a different scent. Viewers are encouraged to touch and engage with the smells emerging from the work.
Giovanna is a Melbourne based artist who aims to portray her experiences of travel and nature through her paintings. With her Brazilian roots Giovanna gains a lot of inspiration from tribal art around the world mainly in the simplicity and connection to nature that their works portray. Through powerful use of line work and minimal earthy tones she creates a harmonious body of work that is both relaxing and captivating to look at.
Hannah is a Melbourne artist with a passion for painting women. Her art mainly features goddess nudes with many plants and flowers, personal symbols of empowerment.
James Josephides is a Melbourne based artist and discovered a certain passion with animation. Each canvas has its own meaning that correlates to my self-discovery. Manifesting a world in love, play and self-expression. To keep yourself grounded and balanced through the hard times and the good, to move forward along one’s path to abundance. Maintaining a free spirit with support in partnership and relationship through optimistic encouragement, determination and leadership bringing mutual understanding. Inspired by the golden ratio, the featured layout expresses the infinite dimension of the micro and macro of ones universe. Learning from the world of Digital Media, James has prepared an extra dimension towards his art to entice his audience.
Through her art Jimminy Crickets serves to reintroduce notions of childhood innocence and memories with cartoon like images that simultaneously are reflections of todays society, albeit with a psychedelic twist. Using an influx colours, she aims to create a positive influence on her audience with inspiration drawn largely from The Beatles animation – Yellow Submarine & artist Oliver Hibert. Each piece reflects the rainbow colours associated with both subconscious dreaming and the surrealist movement.
Luna paints an alternate dimensional space that defies the laws of time and space as we perceive them. Her ultimate goal is to plant a seed in the viewer that provokes a thought that has the potential to evolve into a new understanding of an element of their reality.
Natasha Björnsson-Merrick was raised in hinterlands of Byron Bay, in an artistic household that nurtured her creative nature. As a toddler she painted, drew, and sculpted in her mum’s studio, giving shape and meaning to the world around her. These formative years created a foundation for her eternal artistic pursuit. At the age of twenty Natasha moved to Melbourne to study design at Melbourne Polytechnic. She now works as a graphic designer and illustrator, specialising in a wide range of skills, including computer animation and augmented reality. In her spare time Natasha works on her own brand “Nanna Said No”, designing, illustrating, painting and expressing herself through her designs.
Nicole is a Melbourne-based spatial designer who also creates digital artworks. She focuses on the manipulation of imagery to create kaleidoscopic compositions that are exclusively constructed from natural forms seen in our everyday life. Her designs rely heavily on colour manipulation, image curation and reflective composition which creates prismatic and psychedelic visual arrangements.
I paint to deconstruct my subconscious mind.
Born in Melbourne, Rebecca is an artist working with her intuition & dreams to evoke a sense of remembering & magic through her art. Working primarily in oils and collage, her inspiration is drawn from concepts of the subconscious. Rebecca explores the innate & everlasting mystery of earth & humanity from personal dissection, in relation to dreams, science & spirituality. Provoking contemplation on how we can evolve as a collective from within, by truly knowing ourselves & our relationship with the earth.
Surrounded by traditional myth and folklore during her upbringing in Ireland and adult years lived between NZ & Aus, Rosie is a visual artist who draws inspiration from her cultural history, mixed with an ethereal & tribal influence. Based out of Innsaei studio in Melbourne, Rosie uses a combination of water colour, ink, acrylics and gouache to explore and bring her other-worldly characters to life.
Sarah Masson is a mixed media artist best known for her figurative large scale aerosol mural portraits, continuous minimal line drawings and her abrupt stream of consciousness poetry. Her work explores the lines between polarities of light & dark, sleep & awake, love & fear & shame. Finding patterns in the abstract chaos of human life, entering flow states through mark making & movement, exploring connections between people and herself.
Shwshanni was born and raised in Melbourne, an escapist at heart. Detail is the main recurring aspect in her works. She’s enamored by symbolism and motifs, by narrative, the transience of life, and ephemeral nature of beauty in humans and animals. Her primary method is diving into a coloured dreamscape that consciously holds many symbolic and subconscious ideas. Although the symbolism comes from her own experiences, she aims to leave it ambiguous so others may look upon it and be able to connect with it in their own way.
The VisuaLaurax is a nocturnal creature that can most easily be found in the wild habitat of nightclubs and festivals, usually behind a computer, controller, and some projectors. A combination of psychedelics, lasers, and retro spice make up her aesthetic. She will take you on a journey that won’t trip you out too much, and will always keep you enjoying her eye candy.