A NEW batch of artists are ready to open their houses and studios to strangers in this year’s Fremantle Art Walk.
“If you’ve ever wondered how a highly creative mind works, what triggers an artist’s imagination or where their inspiration comes from, then this is the perfect opportunity to see where the artistic magic happens,” organiser Ros de Souza says.
Participating artists include ceramicist Pippin Drysdale, who’s worked from her Tuckfield Street home for more than 30 years.
In 2015 she was named as a WA Living Treasure, and a crate load of her stunning works are en route to New York as part of Sotheby’s Treasures from Chatsworth exhibition.
The Chatsworth collection is the largest and most significant private collection in the UK, and Drysdale’s Devil’s Marbles, inspired by the iconic rock formation in the Tanami Desert, were snapped up some years ago.
“I wanted to do something sculptural and came up with the marbles because I felt their tension, which is amazing,” Drysdale says.
The works of Michael Knight, a ceramicist and painter, are in private collections in Australia, London, Hong Kong and the US.
An artist’s working life can be solitary, and the walk is a chance to engage with the community, he says.
“And it’s a good excuse to clean up the studio, which doesn’t happen very often.”
Other participating artists include Megan Salmon, better known for her fashion line, who has paintings in the national gallery.
With a solid worldwide reputation, Ian de Souza will once again open his home and studio.
Fremantle’s Art Walk is a two kilometre stroll, covering four studios on Queen Victoria, Tuckfield, Holland and Blinco Streets.
It’s on June 15 and 16, 10am-4pm. For tickets and more information go to artwalkfreo.com
by JENNY D’ANGER