Previous Exhibition

Lesley Kendall —
garden.

Aug 29 – Sep 13, 2019

About the Artist      

The upcoming solo exhibition by Lesley Kendall depicts selected watercolour and ink paintings of plants and insects, gathered from Brisbane gardens. Lesley used local gardens to sit in, draw specimens and collect samples to paint in her studio. The watercolour and ink paintings juxtapose with 3D paper models of plants, moths, bees and birds reflecting the life observed in a garden.

Lesley would like to thank the women who shared their gardens and plant wisdom with her over the past year. Thank you Joy, Kate, Suzanne, Susan and Sharon. 

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About the Artist

Lesley Kendall

“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else.” 

— Georgia O'Keefe

 An artist in residence of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens for two consecutive years, Lesley Kendall works with natural flora and fauna as subject matter across several mediums. Watercolour and ink are the primary medium, while paper sculptures of insects, plants and birds accompany the still life garden created to mimic the collections of natural life found around Brisbane. The work appears to have been done in several stages as the artist’s hand is visible in the layers of watercolour chapters that permeate the thick paper works. The muted tones and soft edges of watercolours lend to a serene and tranquil reflection, and in the artist’s own words, “plants are observed as objects of contemplation.”

About the Curator

Laura Brinin

Laura Brinin is a Brisbane-based curator of contemporary art. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) in 2012 and continued her visual art practice overseas in 2013 in Canada with a Visual Art residency. Upon returning home, Laura has since pursued a determined curatorial practice as noted through five years’ professional practice with the Creative Industries Precinct exhibitions and public programs office, and a practice-led curatorial development internship through Queensland University of Technology. In 2014 Laura assisted in the facilitation of multiple new media exhibitions including ANtIMATION and The New Aesthetic? at The Block. 

Laura has exhibited her own work both in Australia and overseas as well as working as an independent freelance curator across Brisbane. This primarily focussed on engagement and activation of public spaces, including running bi-monthly exhibitions at The Menagerie, and public programs such as the Papergirl Brisbane project. Laura also worked with Brisbane City Council, QUT and Brisbane Street Art Festival to produce ReForm at Kelvin Grove’s ex-military base upon Gona Parade and Parer Place.