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by Olana Osborn
posted 08/03/2017

FRAGMENT – Barbara Ryman

In March the Stanley Street Gallery has an exhibition in the main gallery of 18 contemporary Ceramists “The White Room” and in the Tank at the front of the gallery renowned enamelist Barbara Ryman her exhibition is titled “Fragment”.

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Fragmenting mind, fragmenting world, fragmenting society, fragments of memory, disintegration, integration and nostalgia. Can what is broken be mended? Can it be transformed?

These are the somewhat disorganised thoughts running behind the production of this series of pendants; how apt! They arise from watching the current politics, global warming dramas and Deborah Marks’ own longing for a simpler past and future.
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Deborah’s art practise encompasses painting, drawing and collage which concentrate on figurative representations that deal with psychological issues. She has exhibited continuously over the past 25 years in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and other venues throughout Australia and internationally. Her work is held in numerous private and public collections including the national Kedumba Drawing Award Collection. Her works have won and been selected in the finalist category in numerous competitions, including the Portia Geach Memorial Award, the Blake Prize, the Mosman Art Prize, the Kedumba Drawing Award and the Korean Australian Art Prize.

In 2007 Deborah was awarded the Cite International des Arts Paris studio residency, where she undertook research into historical and contemporary artwork for the Masters in Fine Art degree. The artwork for this degree was exhibited at the Charles Hewitt Gallery in September 2011. In May 2016 she held a solo exhibition of her paintings at the Kunstverein Murnau Gallery, Germany. Deborah has been invited to hold a solo exhibition of her paintings at the Australian Embassy, Berlin in 2018.

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Who: Barbara Ryman
What: “Fragment,” enamel exhibition
When: 29 March – 22 April 2017, Wed-Fri 11-4, Sat 11-5 p pm
Where: Stanley St. Gallery – 1/52-54 Stanley St., Darlinghurst NSW

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