Three local artists - a sculptor, a hand weaver and a tattooist draw from the natural environment in a new exhibition pushing their distinctive mediums to comprehend forms of the world around them.

‘We are all immersed in and inspired by the beauty of nature… As artists living in the Hills, our shared love of and heightened attention to our environment is reflected in our work.’ - Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan.

It was friendship, the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios and this shared passion for nature that seeded the idea for this exhibition of new work by the artists.

Hand weaver Michele Fountain and mosaic sculptor Jessie Yvette Journald-Ryan met a few years ago as studio artists at Burrinja. Michele had admired botanical tattoo artist Amy Duncan’s work for many years and was excited when she moved to the Hills.  The exhibition concept hatched during their time as Dandenong Ranges Open Studios participants earlier this year. The artists have now been working together and getting to know each other’s practices and processes over the past six months.

‘It is enriching for us to draw on the similarities within our creative processes, getting to know each other, sharing ideas and working together.’ - Amy Duncan

Paintbrush, Loom & Hammer is testament to the diversity of the region’s creative community. Each of the artists brings their own experience and perspective on natural history to the exhibition. They explore their ideas through their distinct practices – expressed with a paintbrush, loom and hammer. The exhibition is an opportunity for visitors to explore these unique interpretations of the forms that plants and flowers can take.

 ‘We have created works that feel at times nostalgic, sometimes whimsical and occasionally almost reverent. We decided early on that we all felt most drawn to the plants and landscapes we have grown up with, in our childhood gardens and in books and media - so we made a conscious choice to work with the kinds of subjects most often seen in the Northern Hemisphere.’  -Michele Fountain.

Paintbrush, Loom & Hammer: Three variations on a natural history theme

Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan | Michele Fountain  | Amy Duncan 

Burrinja Gallery  | Tues – Sun 10am – 4pm


You can see more of the artists work at:

Michele Fountain

Amy Duncan

Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan

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Burrinja Cultural Centre

Set in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, Burrinja is a vibrant community cultural centre that encompasses multiple gallery spaces, a 400 seat theatre, live music, arts activities and events, artist studios, gardens, workshops and a café.