MEGALO AIR - PIA LARSEN

2019 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - PIA LARSEN

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Sydney based artist Pia Larsen has been working in the Megalo studios after the past few weeks.
Larsen is one of the 5 Australians to receive a Megalo Residency for 2019. Larsen’s work draws from an interest in people, place and language in projects that engage with history, culture and geo-politics. Her practice encompasses printmedia, text, metal and photography in images, sculpture and installation environments. We checked in with Pia during the week to ask a few questions about her work and residency with us.

Can you tell us a little about the project you are working on at Megalo?

The project explores the story of post WWII European migration of ‘Displaced People’ to Australia focusing on the life of M, a woman who worked for my parents and looked after me as a child, remaining my friend until her death in 2014. The work is informed by research into M’s life, applying the discourses of gender, rk and motherhood within a social, cultural and political context. This includes reinserting M’s European heritage as indivisible from her identity and life as a ‘New Australian’.

What have been the highlights of your Residency at Megalo so far?

The highlights have been; time in the studio to develop the ideas and print the work, the hospitality of Canberra locals and the wonderful cycling infrastructure that we can only dream of in Sydney!

Images above: Pia Larsen working in studio and iterations of work in progress ‘don’t tell’.

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What do you love most about printmaking?
I’ve worked with printmedia for many years and have worked in every medium enjoying the qualities each offers. At the moment I’m enjoying combining photographic imagery, mark making with machine and hand tools and taking impressions that fragment the image to generate new forms for reflecting on subject matter and concepts.

Do you remember the first print you ever pulled? The first print was a screen print at primary school with my wonderful Art Teacher Angelika.

What is coming up for you next?
I’m writing an article for the next issue of Imprint, (PCA quarterly magazine) about the story of M and the work created during my residency at Megalo and over the past year. I’m also working towards exhibiting the work from the residency at Megalo as part of a larger body of work in a number of forums, yet to be confirmed.

Learn more about Pia Larsen’s practice HERE.

Above: Pia Larsen working in the Megalo studios.

OPENING AT GOST

From Small Things Big Things Grow

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Megalo Print Studio + Gallery of Small Things (GOST) have partnered to host a cross-venue exhibition. 12 artists have been invited to create small and big artworks to show at both galleries concurrently. The artists were selected from an open call for submissions for print based works responding to the exhibition title theme, exploring scale. Mediums include woodcuts, lithographs, screen prints and many more print based techniques. The exhibition will be officially at 4pm Saturday 1 September 2018 at the Gallery of Small Things.

OPENING EVENT 
4-6pm, SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER
GALLERY OF SMALL THINGS
27 Wade Street Watson ACT


CLOSING EVENT
2pm, SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER
MEGALO PRINT STUDIO + GALLERY

The Artists:
S.A. Adair, Elaine Camlin, Ellen Rosalie Gunner
Michelle Hallinan, Megan Hinton, Nina Juniper
Pia Larsen, Peter McLean, Deborah Metz
Barbara Nell, Jemima Parker, Kate Vassallo

Images:
Ellen Rosalie Gunner Mount Ainslie - Autumn Sunset, screen print with hand foil embellishments, 2018.
Pia Larsen The Breakaway, intaglio, relief, stencilling and acrylic on board, 2018.
Kate Vassallo Signal Flare 2, screen print, 2018.

 

MEGALO/GOST ANNOUNCEMENT

Megalo Print Studio and Gallery of Small Things are delighted to announce the selected artists for our upcoming exhibition From Small Big Things Grow. The selected artists will exhibit their works across both venues.

Congratulations to:
SA Adair
Elaine Camlin
Ellen Gunner
Michelle Hallinan
Megan Hinton
Nina Juniper
Pia Larsen
Peter McLean
Deborah Metz
Barbara Nell
Jemima Parker
Kate Vassallo

Thanks to all the fantastic artists who applied for this opportunity, we were overwhelmed with wonderful submissions.
The exhibition will run from 1 - 22 Sept 2018.