Day 2 Session
Suitable for: ALL LEVELS
About the Workshop
Join 2021 Archibald Prize Finalist and rising contemporary art star, Thea Perkins, in this practical hands-on workshop which will explore subject matter, personal narrative, and paint application.
This session is suitable for all those who want to understand and advance their knowledge of exploring portraiture within a personal framework.
Participants will work with Thea as she discusses the process behind her work and demonstrates her processes and techniques. Using exercises in drawing, proportion, and composition, learn how shape, form, tone, and colour can be manipulated to capture the complex stories that lie beyond the human face.
About the Presenter
‘It’s about taking charge of representation – I find that painting is a very simple and direct way of communicating things that I want to say.’
Thea Anamara Perkins is an Arrernte and Kalkadoon artist whose practice incorporates portraiture and landscape to depict authentic representations of First Nations peoples and Country. With a delicate hand, Thea answers heavy questions about what it means to be Indigenous in contemporary Australia, and how Aboriginal people can and should be portrayed.
Thea’s Arrente name Anamara describes a river and a Dreaming that runs north of Mparntwe (Alice Springs) – the place that keeps calling her back and has been the wellspring of art and activism for her family, and by extension, the nation. Perkins continues her family’s commitment to what she calls “strong and ready communication” and is part of an extraordinary dynasty of First Nations activists and creatives that includes activist Charles Perkins (her grandfather), Arrente elder Hetti Perkins (her grandmother), curator Hetti Perkins (her mother) and acclaimed film director Rachel Perkins (her aunt).
Perkins routinely delves into her family’s photographic archive for source material, attracted by the hyper-saturated, almost cinematic, glow of old photos, and the melancholia that comes with seeing a moment in time you can no longer access. She is most drawn to snapshots that evoke feelings of comfort and certainty – smiling faces, happy memories. The glimmer, she calls it. Her compositions hone in on this by removing the background noise, reducing the photo to its very essence – a gesture, a colour, or an evocation of place.
Raised and based in Sydney, Thea has family ties to the Redfern community. She has worked in a broad range of community projects and is also an active member of Seed, Australia’s first Indigenous youth-led climate network.
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