Art reflects hope and regrowth

David CharlesworthHarvey-Waroona Reporter

Yarloop artist Jan Bathurst is putting the finishing touches to her sculpture reflecting hope for regrowth and is set to enter it in the Recovery and Regrowth Exhibition in January.

Four workshops were held this year by the Harvey Shire Council, covering textiles, mosaics, painting and sculpture, with recovery and regrowth of the region a major theme.

The works made during the workshops are to be exhibited from January 6 to 14 next year, with entries open until December 15.

Artists and photographers who were living in the Shires of Harvey and Waroona prior to the 2016 fires as well as those who participated in the workshops are able to enter their works.

Mrs Bathurst has been part of the organising committee and also took part in the final workshop last month working on her sculpture.

Mrs Bathurst’s work to be exhibited is a three-tiered mixed media sculpture using jarrah logs and was inspired by the avenue of trees on Clifton Road entering Yarloop.

“I was able to collect these three pieces of jarrah after the fire and the plan is to give an idea of the regrowth and the recovery coming from the jarrah,” she said.

Mrs Bathurst said she was completing her Masters studies in visual arts, using the trees in dyeing silks.

“Clifton Road used to be a beautiful avenue of not just jarrahs but marri and a few other species, and that was where I got my dye work from.

“I felt it was important to make a statement that there was some regrowth there.”

Mrs Bathurst said the response to the workshops had been so strong there had been requests by artists to form a permanent art group.

“Getting people together as a group in Yarloop and surrounds and creating a group of artists that just want to make art, whether it be sculpture, mosaics, or whatever they want,” she said.

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