Artist Colleen Southwell is inspired by her garden, the natural environment, everyday objects and a commitment to celebrating beauty in the little things.
A delicate combination of illustration, paper sculpture and mixed media, Colleen's three-dimensional works combine detailed drawing in pigment, fine gauge wire, thread, watercolour and recycled materials.
Each piece comprises often hundreds of individual parts, finely drawn, cut, embossed, shaped and assembled. These fragile works are mounted using entomology pins, giving the appearance of floating and employing shadow as a transient feature of the piece.
The finished works allude to scientific herbarium and entomology specimens, often a combination of both, and are intended to be observed closely. Each element is imaginary, a compilation of observed patterns and forms that can be discovered when we take the time to pause…look…see.
Colleen's inaugural exhibition, "Unfurl", was a sellout and the seed of her growing arts practice.
In addition to her sculptural works, Colleen dabbles in other mediums - including oils, pencil, watercolour and thread. Painting, illustrations, useful and beautiful objects and vignettes – she is never quite sure how the creative day will unfurl!
As they evolve, pieces are offered for sale. Keep watching the “Make” and Market” sections in The Garden Curator Journal for works in progress and those for sale.