A two-decade journey with Mandurama’s Mandy Martin’s artworks

Splendid: 'Edge of the Simpson', painted in 2011, will be one of the works exhibited and discussed at Friday's floor talk at Orange Regional Gallery. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
Splendid: 'Edge of the Simpson', painted in 2011, will be one of the works exhibited and discussed at Friday's floor talk at Orange Regional Gallery. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

One of the aspects of survey exhibitions that I really enjoy is the opportunity to immerse oneself fully in the singular vision of an artist.

There is, in the best of these exhibitions, a resonance which builds in the space as works from different times in an artist’s life are brought together and connections are made.

Tentative experiments with a medium or an idea from 20 years ago often resurface again years later, in major works.

Mandy Martin has lived and worked near Mandurama for over 20 years and her extraordinary exhibition ‘Homeground’, currently showing at Orange Regional Gallery, certainly has some major works which command our attention.

I think they’re unforgettable and the meaning of these paintings will gather in significance over time as we face climate challenges.

‘Homeground’ is a Bathurst Regional Art Gallery exhibition, superbly curated by Sarah Gurich.

It has been a pleasure to host this touring show and to see the powerful impact it has had on visitors to the gallery. The exhibition closes on Sunday so please don’t miss it.

This will be followed by a survey of another of Australia’s most respected living artists, Elisabeth Cummings.

Join us on Friday for a floor talk and opening at 5.30pm by the exhibition’s curator Sioux Garside.

Elisabeth Cummings will be at the opening, so join us for a drink and meet the artist.

Elisabeth and Sioux will be signing copies of the exhibition catalogue and a beautiful new monograph.

For the past 60 years, Cummings has responded to the Australian environment and interior spaces, quietly producing paintings, drawings, monotypes and occasionally ceramics which have shaped our cultural landscape.

Given the length of time she has been working, it is only relatively recently that she has begun to receive the recognition she deserves.

Cummings has a masterful sense of colour and any one painting of hers is a complex and intoxicating experience.

Her paintings move seamlessly between careful observation and memory, representation and abstraction.

‘Elisabeth Cummings: Interior Landscapes’ will be a great way to end the year, along with the 2017 Kedumba Drawing Award, which opens in December.

All of us here at the gallery are delighted to welcome Cecilie Knowles on board as our new Public Engagement and Education Officer.

Cecilie is designing an exciting program of events, education programs and school holiday workshops to complement our rich exhibition program in 2018 and 2019.

For more information about Orange Regional Gallery and its exhibitions visit org.nsw.gov.au.