If you see a girl with wild hair and skin covered in raw pigment wandering down the main street of Hastings it will probably be Gracey Calnin. She doesn’t care too much about her appearance (there are far more important things to worry about), but she does care about producing work that makes a statement.
Gracey likes to paint. Not with a brush and traditional oils no, no! She likes to get her hands dirty with raw pigments in dust form because the technique is difficult. The twenty-seven year old artist explains. ‘Working with raw pigments is a challenge and you get messy. But I do my best work when I’m covered in stuff! My Tribute exhibition at Manyung Gallery in Mt Eliza beginning November 27th explores the relationship between nature and human kind. The paintings tell a story of how humans relate to nature. Man can be destructive just for the hell of it…’
Gracey really got interested in painting wildlife after she left RMIT where she completed a Bachelor of Arts. Her animals are overflowing with intelligence and emotion, and a sadness that leaves you breathless.
‘This is the first time I’m not involved with the curating side of an exhibition’, says this Peninsula born and bred girl which gives her a different perspective. ‘It’s nice just to view it from the side-lines. I’m so excited.’
And you’ll be excited too when you view Gracey’s Tribute at Manyung. Get along to it.
by Liz Rogers
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