A mixture of mediums and some ardent artists are re-invigorating the Brisbane art scene with their first collaborative exhibition in a creative hub in West End. Super Natural explores the underlying tensions that stem from urbanite uncertainty to the ‘natural’ world.
VERGE Collective is an all-female collective formed by six emerging photo and new media artists currently living and working in Brisbane and surrounds. Super Natural brings together the works of members Vanessa Bertagnole, Julia Scott Green, Christine Ko, Lisa Kurtz, Tamara Whyte and Emma Wright along with mentor, prominent Australian artist Marian Drew. The artists employ photography and mixed digital media to smoke something out of the uncomfortable or eerie that lies beneath the skin of the landscape.
Acting as a mentor has been a rewarding experience for Marian Drew, elaborating upon the sense of collaboration and community which is at the heart of the Collective. VERGE is a new energetic artist collective that recognises the value of supporting each other to develop their practice and build audiences for their work. “Working with them has been a pleasure because it has stimulated my own practice as well,” said Drew. “It’s not an easy time for the arts in Australia. Collectives like VERGE are bringing energy into the arts. Sharing what we know, everyone benefits, artists, art audiences and the broader community alike. Working collaboratively, VERGE is pushing their work into new territory, learning from each other, and at the same time building their individual practices.”
For this inaugural event, VERGE is working with Vacant Assembly, a new art and design space in West End. This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Creative Sparks, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Queensland.
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