Yesterday my husband and I braved the cold, the rain and the shockingly bad parking in Woollahra to visit an art Pop-up. The shop had become vacant when long-term tenants left before the end of their lease. Having been a clothing retail outlet the railings and cubbys were left behind, along with fitting rooms, desk and table top.
The council, eager not to leave shopfronts empty for any length of time are renting the space for short periods until the building is redeveloped, in several months time. Linda Baranov has taken the opportunity to showcase and sell some of her original art works throughout the month of April.
Linda and I are both members of ATASDA (Australian Textile Arts & Surface Design Association) so I know her a little. However both of us are also volunteers for the group and don’t get much time to natter or even to get to know the type of creative work we each prefer. So this was a good opportunity to spend some time learning about her and her art practice.
She is very influenced by trees, grasses, terrain and nature. These pods are an excellent example of her work. She has produced a set of four, all somewhat different but unified through their subject matter. She generously shared her creative process with me and I found that added to my interest in these particular works.
We discussed photography and I quickly realised that she takes hundreds of photos wherever she goes and this has given her a large resource to draw on and adapt for her own purposes. She has travelled throughout Australia (and probably abroad, but we only discussed Australia) and is passionate about the colours, differing landscapes and man-made objects she finds in remote places. The camera continues to click away. She has compiled a wonderful book of some of her photographs and that has given me something to aspire to. She has a keen eye for a good picture and the quality is top-notch.
Her current interest is in sheds and outdoor buildings, especially rusting metals, corrugated iron and other corroded surfaces. The two works pictured above show some of this fascination. A lot more yet to come I’m sure.
All in all, an educational and enjoyable outing. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, Linda.
Photographs by Claire Brach, reproduced with permission from the artist.