'Arm of the Sea and the Fertile Tree' opens at Tweed Regional Gallery

New work by rising star Sally Anderson

Tuesday 30 June, 2020

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is opening a new exhibition by celebrated contemporary painter Sally Anderson titled Arm of the Sea and the Fertile Tree.

The exhibition opens on Friday 3 July and continues until Sunday 29 November 2020.

Sally Anderson takes intimate personal and collective experiences and translates them into paintings, which deliberately dance between abstraction and representation, gesture and form. Her artworks use landscape as a metaphor, rather than as a subject.

Anderson also has a special connection to the Gallery after completing a residency at Tweed Regional Gallery's Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio.

"There's a pair of hoop pines (aka Richmond River Pines) that dominate the side view from the residency verandah. I often use these trees, along with banksias, within my work to represent the Northern Rivers region, my transition to motherhood and European exploration/invasion of Australia," Anderson said.

The artist was born in Lismore in 1990, an experience she hadn't deeply considered until the birth of her son. As part of the exhibition, Anderson contemplates this in relation to the toponomy of Lismore, which was named after the Isle of Lismore which lies in Loch Linnhe, an arm of the sea, on the west coast of Scotland.

"Sally Anderson is one of the most exciting young painters working today. We are thrilled to be showcasing her work. Sally's ongoing, personal connection to the Gallery is poetically realised in the works in this exhibition," Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM said.

Anderson now splits her time between Sydney and the Northern Rivers. Anderson commenced her undergraduate studies in Fine Art at Southern Cross University (Lismore) and completed them at UNSW Art & Design (Sydney) in 2014.

Since graduating, she has held several solo exhibitions in both Sydney and Brisbane. In 2017 she was the recipient of the prestigious Brett Whiteley Travelling Arts Scholarship and in 2018 undertook a three-month artist residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris. She has been a finalist in the Paddington Art Prize, Kilgour Prize, Portia Geach Award and the Sunshine Coast Art Prize.

The works in this exhibition are courtesy of Olsen Gallery, Sydney and Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane.

With physical distancing measures in place, visitors can view the exhibition along with other works by booking a free timed ticket through the Gallery's website. To book a ticket, visit https://trgmoac.eventbrite.com.au