Artbomb – Merindah Funnell

Artbomb is not your average exhibition.  Artbomb: connect + create brings together local artists, our local community and Hurstville Museum & Gallery in a slow release explosion of creativity and artistic expression. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to meet and collaborate with artists, as they work within our space. Come in and reconnect.

On Thursday 25 June 2020 between 10.00am – 1.00pm, visitors will be able to chat and observe Wiradjuri artist Merindah Funnell in the gallery space of Hurstville Museum & Gallery. We were able to ask Merindah a few questions in regard to her artistic practice.

Merindah

Photo by Adam Scarf Photography.

Can you give us an insight into your artistic process? Is your work pre-planned or created intuitively? How long does each work take to complete?

As an Aboriginal Wiradjuri artist, I take a lot of inspiration and thought from native plants, animals, and the land. I always think how can my artwork educate people with my culture and what message I would like to come across. I believe in process over the product; what journey have I been on to get to the point of performing a visual art piece. It is hard to say how long an artwork will take as the end of actually drawing or painting it can take a day or so but the process to get there, I would say has been a life long journey.

Can you explain your technique; how you manipulate the medium?

I am very free flowing when it comes to colour and how the mediums will be used. I love the paint thinking for itself and where it will go and what I find looks good. Can’t go wrong with me when it comes to contrasting colours.

Do you keep some kind of ongoing drawing book or diary? Or a collection of images or photographs for inspiration?

I am constantly drawing and taking photos. I have probably over 100 sketch books I have kept ever since I was a child that I will go back to if I am stuck on inspiration. I also have a small book that I constantly write ideas for artwork that come to me.

Who are your favourite artists? Who do you draw inspiration from?

My biggest inspiration of artist is actually my late cousins work, Michael Riley. His photographs are so powerful. I also look at other Wiradjuri artists such as Nicole Foreshow who works with nature and Lorraine Connelly Northey who works with recycled materials.

Follow Merindah on Instagram: @merindahfunnell

Artbomb will be on display at Hurstville Museum & Gallery from 9 June – 26 July 2020.

 

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