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Never-Ending Journey Exhibition

BY Nyrel Saunders | 07-Sep-2018
A visual history of the central goldfields of Victoria depicting life in the golfields and the changes that have occurred since the gold rush in 1850. There are over 200 drypoint images (sourced from photographs held by the State Library of Victoria) mounted chine cole and montaged on 2 metre by 76cms Hahnmula paper by Nyrel Saunders Printmaker. #history #CentralGoldfields #drypoint #prints #Indigenousweaving #mining #equipment #Maryborough #TrenduBourgHall
Smaller works are also on display. Weaving my Master Weaver Marilyne Nicholls and weavers from a workshop held by Marilyne. Quilts by quiltmaker and international judge Jenny Bacon. Other works by Nyrel Saunders. The title of the exhibition/installation tells the story of our journey through life and the legacy we leave behind. The opening is on the 6th October 2pm and will on display for 3 weeks. Elder Marilyne Nicholls will conduct a Welcome to Country smoking ceremony during the opening.

Nyrel Saunders, Visual Artist - Printmaker

My fascination with the Australian landscape began as a child during a train trip with my mother and brothers. The trip across the Nullarbor, where the train stopped regularly at the track and native camps and where the light across the flat plains was so brilliant and clear that you could see to the horizon. My love and fascination for this magnificent country began in Shotts a tiny mining town in the great southern forests of Western Australia where the trees reach for the sky and the only sounds are the creatures who live there.

This was the start of many journeys around this country and our neighbour New Zealand. I have lived, worked and painted in three of our major cities and travelled the roads from Sydney to the West and North and back again a number of times. I am now settled in regional Victoria where the landscape provides a different perspective with its scrubby forests and decaying buildings, the parched land until the rains come and the golden harvest appears.

My work has developed and changed and I now work across the spectrum of the visual arts including the people and detritus that we leave behind in our landscape.

Printmaking and etching in particular impact heavily on my work as I enjoy the necessary discipline, professionalism and dedicated attention to detail that is required and continue to experiment with its many processes. In 1996 I completed a Fine Arts Diploma at Illawarra TAFE Wollongong NSW and a BFA at COFA, UNSW Sydney. I have exhibited widely in Australian have work held in Hong Kong, Japan, UK, and Australia.