A majority monochromatic palette brings together four Melbourne/Naarm based artists: Angela Hughes, Kristy Hussey, Erin Mathews and Jessica Row. Through collage, printmaking and ceramics, ‘Paper, Scissors, Clay’ explores varied themes of confession, animals, escape, resilience, collecting, history, nature, and community.
Angela Hughes is a mixed media artist who uses drawing, photographs, and collected ephemera to create collages through a process called seriality. She strives to forge emotional connections with viewers through the use of sentimentalism, humour, and narrative. Her current work is approaching the idea of collages from a 3D perspective. Angela has an academic background in visual arts and art conservation.
Kristy Hussey is a multi-disciplinary artist undertaking post-graduate study at the Victorian College of the Arts. She has exhibited in Paris, Milan, Sydney and Melbourne and has been a finalist in the National Emerging Art Prize 2021 and the Wyndham Art Prize 2023. Her work is primarily sculptural using everyday domestic objects, bearing potent memories, as conduits for storytelling — their narratives thoughtfully reframed through order and assemblage.
Erin Mathews is an artist and curator with an artistic practice based in printmaking, with a focus on history. This drives her current project Cabinet of Curiosities; inspired by historical collections that were stored in draws, niches, boxes, and often set aside in specific rooms. The naturalia and artificalia of these cabinets has inspired Erin to create these works.
Jessica Row is an artist and curator who has exhibited in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, including as a finalist in the 2023 Geelong Acquisitive Print Award and the Australian Stencil Art Prize. Her work primarily involves printmaking with the current series celebrating the beauty in the everyday, whilst amplifying environmental concerns, though printing with tree bark collected around Naarm/Melbourne. She is currently completing postgraduate studies at the Victorian College of Art.