Meaghan Potter’s artworks are meditations upon the spiritual and mindful experiences we have amongst the natural world. Her artworks draw on the personal memories she has with bird sightings in her everyday life.
In this collection, Meaghan has created a series of new artworks informed by her residency at the Cowwarr Art Space in Victoria, Australia. She has focused on select birds that she sighted whilst exploring the stunning Gippsland landscape, from the Tarra Bulga National Park to the surrounding drought-stricken wetlands throughout Cowwarr. The Tarra Bulga National Park became a re-occurrent space for observation during her residency, insighting Meaghan’s interpretations of the iconic and mysterious Superb Lyrebird, along with the playful White-naped Honeyeater and the elusive White-browed Scrubwren. Beyond her traditional bird drawings, Meaghan has begun to explore sound and space within her practice as a reflection upon the three-dimensional experience we have within nature; from the intricate world of leaves and bugs at your feet to the flutter of bird colours through the canopy and the symphony of an ecosystem that surrounds you.
Meaghan expresses the ephemeral nature of bird-sighting through an inter-play of realistic and abstract mark making on an energetically large scale. Each bird displays a still and recognisable face, created with considered and defined charcoal marks. The charcoal lines disperse and exaggerate as they travel down the body, revealing the watercolour layer beneath and departing from the static physiology of the bird. The contrast between the still, realistic face and the transitory, expressive body of the bird describes a sense of motion within the artwork. Meaghan’s artworks celebrate the excitement of discovery that we can experience within the often overlooked, but ever sublime natural world.
Exhibition Opening 27 July, 2-4pm