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"Artistic dialogue crosses continents"
1999-07-11 until 1999-08-08
Cairns Regional Gallery
The international nature of the Cairns artistic community is clearly displayed in a new exhibition by two Cairns-based artists at Cairns Regional Gallery.
Dialogue is an exhibition of paintings by Swiss-born painter Claudine Marzik and pottery by Japanese-born ceramicist Yuki Horiki that is being opened by Ingrid Hoffmann, the Gallerys Exhibitions Development Officer at 2.00pm on Saturday 10 July 1999 at Cairns Regional Gallery.
Yuki Horiki and Claudine Marzikšs interaction has all the hallmarks of the most satisfying conversations - a stimulating exchange of ideas underpinned by shared values and both artists works reflect important commitments in their lives, says Ingrid Hoffmann.
For Claudine Marzik, the connection between her profession as a florist and her painterly imagery is expressed through the techniques of arrangement and placement - elongated pole-like shapes are metaphors for the bamboo lengths she favours of late in her floristry, which possesses a distinctly Japanese aesthetic.
Yuki Horikis recent pregnancy is translated into elegantly bulging forms, distilled almost to the simplicity of an egg and a celebration of the sensual pregnant woman.
English is not the mother tongue of either artist and therefore the logic of communicating through a visual language comes naturally. Subtle but strong abstract forms and sculptural pots formed of the palest burnished stoneware exchange harmonious conversation in this meditative exhibition, says Ms Hoffmann.
Claudine Marzik has been working in Australia since arriving here in 1988, from Basel Switzerland. A self-taught painter, her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Helen Wiltshire Gallery in Cairns and in 1999 she held an exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. She has been involved in numerous group exhibitions in Cairns, Brisbane and Melbourne.
A graduate from the Musahino Fine Arts Academy in Japan, Yuki Horiki has worked as a painter in Australia since arriving in 1991. Her paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Cairns and Tokyo and in 1996 she completed a ceramics course at the Far North Queensland Institute of TAFE.