Previous Exhibition

Kay Watanabe —
Fiori e stelle ci connettono. The flowers and stars connect us.

Jul 29 – Aug 16, 2019

About the Artist      

Kay Watanabe is a Brisbane-based artist/printmaker and her show Fiori e stelle ci connettono will include original fine art prints through which Kay explores interconnectedness of plants and their environments and other things in the universe. 

About the Artist

Kay Watanabe

Kay Watanabe is a Brisbane-based visual artist working in the fields of printmaking and small sculptures, investigating what essentially makes us unique as humans and as individuals. Her work explores the relationship between humans and their environment and how people are a small existence within the vastness of nature and the universe. She also makes works themed around a person’s life and consciousness as accumulated memories and experiences. As a printmaker, she uses various printmaking techniques, sometimes independently and at other times combining more than two methods, to achieve desired effects. Recently she has been using the collagraph and drypoint printmaking techniques extensively as she’s found these techniques are effective in creating organic textures which she thinks directly appeal to the viewers’ senses. As well as extensively exhibiting her works and winning awards in Australia and overseas, Kay teaches printmaking through various organisations in Queensland and beyond.

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.