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.

MEGALO OPEN DAY

Thanks to absolutely everyone who helped make our annual Open Day on 22 September so fantastic!!
We had an absolutely brilliant day - so many visitors, so many members and so much printing! Open Day is one of our very favourite events of the year as we get the opportunity to show off our fabulous studios and showcase the work of our members and fabulous team. It was a beautiful way to spend a Spring Saturday.

This year we ran demos in Lithography, Etching, Screen Printing on paper and fabric which kept studio managers John Hart and Estelle Briedis very busy + we were also thrilled to be joined by some of our incredible members who printed up a storm. Board Member John Pratt worked on his amazing woodcuts and Surya Bajracharya and Pieta-Rae Laut were working in lithography. Peter McLean and Clare Jackson were showing off their skills in etching and relief, with Peter coordinating Print Your Own Engraving.

Our International Artist-in-Residence Mehdi Darvishi from Iran joined us in the Press studio to work on his incredible Mezzotint plate and share some of his print works with all the visitors. Mehdi even took time out to visit the screen studio to pull his very first screen print! The screen studio was also jam packed with Megalo members including Marilou Chagnaud, Giancarlo Savaris and Ellen Gunner all working hard screen printing on fabric and pape. We were also thrilled to have former screen studio manager Jemima Parker back in the studios to demonstrate some CMYK printing too. Our badge maker may never have had such an intensive workout. Our smallest visitors were eager to draw their own masterpieces and have them turned into wearable works of art. It was also great to see so many people sporting their Megalo Totes.

At 2pm we had drinks and nibbles as part of a closing event for the Megalo/GOST exhibition From Small Things Big Things Grow which showcased works by artists across Megalo Print Studio + Gallery and GOST Gallery in Watson concurrently. We were delighted to have some of our interstate artists turn up for Open Day + the closing event - big shout out to Pia Larsen, Nina Juniper + friends, it was great to see you!!

Again, a huge thank-you to all who helped make Open Day so great this year. There’s not much we love doing more than sharing all things PRINT + we’re already working on ideas for next year’s Open Day xx


ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - PETER MCLEAN

Peter McLean has been printing up a storm in our Press Studio as one of our 2018 Artists in Residence. Pete has been exploring four-colour printing and making great use of our Albion. He has been steadily creating sets of abstract perspex blocks, designed to be printed in various permutations of orientation and combination. For his project Pete is currently using circular plates, which allow for a theoretical infinite number of permutations by slowly rotating the plates in relationship to each other. The results are quite spectacular.
We can't wait to see how the work develops over the next few weeks.

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