Curated by Rosby’s Kay Norton-Knight for the newly opened Rosby Gallery – The Twitchers brings together works by three regional artists, bird watchers and members of the extended Rosby family.
While depicting birds through hanging and sculptural works is the common theme, each artist filters their own connection to the native and local species that flitter through their environments.
Watercolourist, Denise Faulkner, documents the imperceptible tonal changes of nature embodied in the feathers and flurry of the birds that visit her studio. To revel in their beauty longer, she invites them to stay and share a cuppa – often how they appear in her vivid paintings.
Art teacher, painter and sculptor, Annie Herron, captures the inquisitive nature of the birdlife on her Rydal farm through a blend of bronzed–taxidermy and assemblage. Perched on plinths of found objects, Herron’s fleeting finch like figures appear poised and curious as to what they have found.
Sculptor, Chris Anderson, also uses found objects in his works though here fragments of timber fallen from Eucalypts combine to become instances of the native’s perched on fence posts and flora.
The Twitchers, opening in early May, is Rosby Gallery’s first curated group exhibition, extending their engagement with a regional artistic community. The exhibition will be available to view from Saturday 8 May – Monday 14 June 2021, Thursday to Monday (or by appointment outside of opening hours).