Abstract Exploration (solo exhibition by Belinda Mangano)
Exhibition Date: January 5, 2022 to February 3, 2022
Location: Mission Arts, MARCS Park, Mission Beach
Abstract Exploration showcases a collection of semi abstract artworks exploring texture, shape and colour in mixed mediums.
"I have always had an interest in expressing myself through art. I trained as an Art Teacher and taught art in Queensland high schools until I had a family.
On returning to work I retrained as a Support Teacher Special Needs and continued working in this field in secondary and primary schools until I retired in 2020. During this time I continued my art practice and learning process by attending workshops run by groups such as the Art School of the Air.
Since my retirement from teaching I have been keenly working at improving my art practice and developing my skills.
I enjoy working with colour and texture. I like to work in layers to build textures and shape and in the process lay colours that overlap in both light washes and tones and then later add definition, contrast and depth.
My topics are influenced by my surroundings, for example abstracting flower shapes, making paper from paper bark tree bark and shredded paper, and also upcycling old palettes into playful 'comic' figures.
We have a block of land overlooking Tinaroo Dam with beautiful tableland scrub and paperbark trees. I used the bark and fallen leaves from these trees to make paper and then collaged the series "Tableland Scrub".
I also do a bit of bookwork using MYOB. The shreddings from this I recycled into paper and used it to paint the abstract series, using inks, acrylics, collage and stitching.
I call this series "Magic Windows," because I spend a lot of time looking out the window when I'm doing bookwork.
The abstract flowers series have been my major focus. I use mixed media materials as I work on developing a more loose and free style that is intuitive and led by the process as I put down layers of texture and colour.
I use a canvas as a palette because I like the built up colours that are the result of my ongoing art work. I thought of doing a series of whimsical birds using negative space to create the shapes of the birds. It's a fun thing to do, and at the end of the day it's all about having fun.
I am now working on abstraction with a focus on colour, shape and texture. I am attempting to create compositions which stand alone using these elements.
The abstract painting called, "Colour in Motion" is an example of this new venture."