The award winning exhibition by Kimberley Liddle

Published by: Ness Alexandra | 18-Feb-2016
Kimberley Liddle was selected by judges, Graham Drendel and Colleen Ahern as the winner of Cambridge Studio Gallery's 2015 Who is Look at You? Portrait Prize. Selected from 59 semi-finalists, Kimberley's work was chosen for its original, engaging and skilful creation. The prize: a solo exhibition at Cambridge Studio Gallery.
Venue: Cambridge Studio Gallery
Address: 52 Cambridge Street, Collingwood, Victoria
Date: 2 - 20 March, 2016
Time: 12 to 5pm, Weds to Suns
Ticket: Free
Call: 03 9486 0169
Precipice II is the resulting exhibition that Kimberley has worked hard towards since winning the Portrait Prize in February 2015. It is a continued exploration of humankind's relationship with the environment as world populations grow increasingly urbanised and engrossed in virtual worlds of their own making.

In this exhibition, Kimberley asks viewers to reflect on their conscious and subconscious relationship with nature within a world where the disconnection is growing larger. Is a simple flower from our garden or florist simply a decorative item or a link to the greater whole?

By utilizing the impact of life-sized sculptures made from photographs, Kimberley is applying the honesty of photography (with its history for documenting subjects) to the classical medium of sculpture. An emerging artist, Kimberley's first solo exhibition after graduating from the Photography Studies College, was Precipice, where she developed the technique of cutting up her photographs into tiny squares and painstakingly applying them to the exterior of plaster or wire sculptures. A process that can take her months to complete a sculpture.

This successful combination of photography with sculpture is a truly contemporary approach that requires patience and several artistic skills. By deconstructing her 2D subjects into hundreds of fragments and rebuilding them into 3D shapes, Kimberley is able to comment on the multifaceted nature of any subject she choices to depict. The results can look like real objects from afar or mosaicked figures up close; either way the experience is engaging and sometimes confronting, depending on the final shape the photograph finishes in. Using the white space of the gallery, Kimberley plays with negative space well, creating impact with the simplicity of shapes that on further inspection are incredibly detailed. It's well worth the inspection. Opening Drinks: Saturday 5th March, 2 "“ 4pm

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