Elyssa Sykes-Smith, Andjana Pachkova, Suzi Zglinicki
4th – 25th February 2017
Every year Sydney’s Stanley Street Gallery presents the work of new and exciting artists in the exhibition titled INTRODUCING. This years artists are painters Andjana Pachkova, Suzi Zglinicki and sculptor Elyssa Sykes-Smith.
When your eyes are tired
The world is tired also.
When your vision has gone
No part of the world can find you.
Time to go into the dark
Where the night has eyes
To recognise its own.
There you can be sure
You are not beyond love.
The dark will be your home
The night will give you a horizon
Further than you can see.
You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.
Give up all other worlds
Except the one to which you belong.
Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
Confinement of your aloneness
Anything or anyone
That does not bring you alive
Is too small for you.
From THE HOUSE OF BELONGING
Elyssa Sykes-Smith is a Shoalhaven-based artist currently exploring the figure through site-specific sculpture and installation. In 2013 she completed a BFA (Hons) in Sculpture at The National Art School. Sykes-Smith has exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi (2012-16) and Cottesloe (2015-16) and received the Clitheroe Foundation Mentorship in 2012 and the Staff Choice Award in 2013. She was awarded First Prize and People’s Choice Prize at Sculpture at Scenic World in 2015, completed a studio residency at the Waverley Woollahra Art School in 20XX, took part in the Heath Ledger Young Artists Oral History Project, National Film and Sound Archives, and has a permanent installation in the Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney collection. Sykes-Smith recently interned with the artist Isidro Blasco in New York City, Madrid and Lisbon. In 2016 she created an artwork for the front façade of the Shoalhaven City Art Centre and Regional Gallery; received the Shoalhaven Public Art Grant to create a sculpture for permanent public display at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre where the project is at the initial stages; and is currently undergoing an artist in residence at the Fremantle Arts Centre. Sykes-Smith continues to explore creative sculpture, installation and performance possibilities.
2014 NEIS Scheme
2010-2013 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), National Art School
2012-16 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi , NSW
2016 Solo exhibition: Mind Walk, Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery, WA
2016 Deloitte | Art Pharmacy Consulting, NSW
2015-16 Sculpture at Scenic World, NSW
2015-16 Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, WA
2016 TA DA, Shoalhaven City Art Centre and Regional Gallery, NSW
2014 Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi, NSW
2014 The Lab, Art Pharmacy | Sydney Fringe Festival, NSW
2014 UWS Sculpture Award, University of Western Sydney, NSW
2014 Sculpture at Sawmillers, McMahon’s Point, NSW
2016 Shoalhaven City Council Public Art Grant
2016 Fremantle Art Centre, Artist in Residence
2016 Sydney Boys Grammar School, Artist in Residence
2015 First Prize, Sculpture at Scenic World
2015 People’s Choice Prize, Sculpture at Scenic World
2015 Waverley Artists Studio Residency, WWAS
2014 People’s Choice Prize, Sculpture at Sawmillers
2013 Staff Choice Award, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi
2013 Participant in The Heath Ledger Oral History Project, National Film and Sound Archives
2012 The Julian Beaumont Sculpture Prize
2012 Clitheroe Foundation Mentorship Program, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi
2011 People’s Choice Prize, Arts In The Valley Sculpture Exhibition
2016-2015 Tour Host, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi and Cottesloe
2015 Internship with Artist Isidro Blasco in Madrid, Lisbon and New York
2015 Crowdfunded campaign: ‘The Tempest – SxS Cottesloe 2015’
2016 - 2015 Educational workshops: Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi and Cottesloe, Waverley Council, Sculpture at Scenic World, Dulwich Hill Visual Arts High School, Sydney Boys Grammar School
2012-2013 Mentorship with Artist Clara Hali
2016-2015 Private Commissions, NSW
2016 Sydney Boys Grammar School, NSW
2014 Saatchi & Saatchi, NSW
2016 South Coast Register
2015 Sculpture at Scenic World transforms Blue Mountains rainforests | Sydney Morning Herald
2015 Sculpture at Scenic World Winner | Artist Profile
2015 Form and Function | ArtView Magazine
2015 Artist Chat Elyssa Sykes-Smith | Gillie and Marc Art Daily
2015 Elyssa Sykes-Smith – Moments of Clarity | Kaleido Press
2012 Body of work relies on creative blocks | thetelegraph.com.au
2012 Sculpture by the Sea with Elyssa Sykes-Smith|Broadsheet
Shoalhaven City Council
Private collections NSW and WA
Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney collection, NSW
In preparation for the Introducing Show, most of the works were inspired by beautiful Sydney, its surroundings and the recent trip around the country that I undertook with my family in the winter of 2016.
In Sydney, anywhere you go you encounter a harbour and its emerald waters, multi-coloured rocks and various sand and stone sediments. Having the privilege of overlooking the Long Bay waters from the my home, I am continuously inspired by the translucent water and air quality of Sydney and its incomparable bush. In the winter of 2016, traveling throughout the country, having started at Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park, and going through the Kimberley out to Broome on the edge of Western Australia, I have been deeply inspired by the beauty and the history of this incredible vast ancient country. It is my hope that my love for the city of Sydney and its environs and the beautiful red center of Australia translates into my works and reaches the viewer.
I am tremendously inspired and of course am standing on the shoulders of the previous generations of the great Australian landscape artists such as Fred Williams, Arthur Boyd, John Olsen, Idrys Murphy, Ross Laurie and Elizabeth Cumming. I am also deeply inspired by Ian Fairweather and Roy Jackson, who were not pure landscape artists in a strict sense but whose works were deeply inspired by and reflective of the Australian bush. Sometimes the mind takes over our eyes, and once we “see” something familiar – a thing or even an occurrence – we stop seeing it but categorise it in our mind and recall our previous experiences of the “thing”. I am a proud believer in the validity of a viewpoint of the outsider, coming into a new place with a fresh perspective. I can only hope that my European-American lens will add some additional texture and layers to how I view and re-interpret the beloved and familiar Australian landscape.
Andjana (Andy) Pachkova comes from the traditional Russian art tutoring background. Following Perestroika, in the early 1990s, she took classes at Stroganov Moscow State University of Art and Industry, as well as studied with various private tutors.
In 1997 Andjana won a prestigious Davis Fellowship and subsequently moved to the United States to pursue a graduate degree in liberal arts at Dartmouth College. While at Dartmouth, Andjana took a visual arts class to enhance her drawing technique. After that she studied art at the night courses at NYU, and later, continued her studies here in Australia through a two-year study at Northbridge Visual Art School (“NVAS”) (earned Diploma of Visual Arts in 2014) and at the Willoughby Art Center (“WAC”) and the Wollarha Waverly Art School (“WWAS”). At WAC, NVAS and WWAS Andjana studied with such notable local artists as Karen Atkins, Brandt Lewis, Robyn Ross, Denis Clarke and Tony Tozer, among others. Recently Andjana started developing an interest in printmaking which further informed her understanding of painting and drawing.
Andjana holds a Master of Law from Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) and a Bachelor of Laws from Moscow International University. Andjana has lived and studied law and art in many countries and has had a wealth of experiences and imagery that she has been working on integrating in her art.
Having moved to Australia in 2013, Andjana developed a keen passion for the Australian landscape and has enjoyed the local art scene ever since. The artist has passionately explored the Australian landscape through line and color. Andjana is interested in understanding the subtle changes in the human psyche that occur when a person moves through a series of places. Her further interest lies in discovering how that mutual interaction of the human being and the landscape shapes both. Andjana is captivated by the never-ending dance of the nature and the human, passionate and loving to be sure, yet mostly violent, and at times exploitative.
Gallery 307, December 2014, student exhibition—sold 50% of her works exhibited;
Gallery 307, August 2015, group show—sold 50% of her works exhibited, gained a commission;
Gallery 307, November 2015, group show—sold 50% of the works exhibited;
Ewart Gallery at the Willoughby Art Center, group show exhibiting—the exhibited work sold with proceeds going to WAC;
Gallery 307, February 2016, group show;
Lindfield Art Fair, March 2016, exhibited 2 works;
Ewart Gallery at the Willoughby Art Center—finalist of the 2016 Ewart Art Prize;
Paper Plane Gallery, May 2016, exhibited 23 works, sold ¾ of the works exhibited (gained print commissions);
Ewart Gallery at the Willoughby Art Center, participated in a printmaking group show.
Finalist Northbridge Art Prize, October 2016
Suzi Zglinicki ‘twilightriver’ Statement
I am an artist who works between Sydney and the Hunter Region of NSW. My current work is an exploration of the many moods of the Hawkesbury River. It is inspired by the flow of water, mountains, fog and trees at the liminal zone of the river. I uses natural forms and materials to create semi-abstracted images in particular works related to an environment unmarked by human intervention, a world no longer in existence, to places where there is no sign of human desecration, a place that is said to be no longer found anywhere on the earth. My artworks are painted in ink on canvas, in an effort to capture some of the essences of water, such as fecundity, balance and profusion. I have constructed my vision of a particular place, the Hawkesbury River, while drawing inspiration from a much broader range of marine environments.
The muted rendering of light and tone in my paintings establishes the stillness and luminosity of the river at dusk or dawn, while the underlying forms generate a symmetry between sky and ground that simulates a peaceful balance and harmony. The soft edges and indeterminate shapes create a sense of mystery and a feeling of power behind the stillness. A kind of eeriness pervades each dark, brooding landscape. In addition the eighty-one small works are designed to create wonder and awe in their mass and variety, despite the similarities of materials, size and colour.
I am an artist who works in the Hunter Region of NSW. My artworks are created in a variety of media from abstract to representational. Creating art has been a life-long passion and I have completed both my Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) and Master of Fine Art at the National Art School in Sydney. I have received a highly commended in the Singleton Art Prize and been part of a number of group shows in the Hunter and Sydney. I took part in a community art project in conjunction with Maitland Council and Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) in 2013 and one of my drawings was selected for the archive of the National Art School in that year. In 2015 I was one of a group of local artists featured in an exhibition at the Cessnock Regional Gallery.
November 2016 - Post Graduate Exhibition at National Art School, Darlinghurst: all works sold
July 2016 - Part of a group show at Factory 49 Marrickville with National Art School Colleagues.
May 2016 - Large work, ink on canvas titled Backwater 1 hung in the Saatchi and Saatchi exhibition space, Woolloomooloo, Sydney.
2015 – Designed posters for the local feminist group AWE as part of a campaign to decrease violence against women
November - 2015 - Graduate Exhibition at National Art School, Darlinghurst: four out of eight works sold
November - 2015 ‘Black’ group exhibition at Newcastle Art Space
June - 2015 – Stairwell Gallery, National Art School group show ‘The paddock: Looking back at the field’
March - 2015 – Group show at Cessnock Regional Gallery
December - 2014 Solo show ‘Natural’ ‘The Art Gallery’ Hunter St Mall, Newcastle
November - 2014 – Undergraduate Exhibition at National Art School: All six works sold
September - 2014 ‘Organic Forms’ first solo show held at ‘Since I left you’ Kent St Sydney
August - 2014 Monotype hung in the Maitland Regional Art Gallery annual print sale
June - 2014 “Art for Waratah” Hunter Health group print exhibition, Newcastle NSW
May - 2014 ‘Crossing Borders’ – groups show (drawing) national Art School
May - 2014 ‘In the Spotlight’ – Group Exhibition Tara Anglican School for Girls
December - 2013 Drawing accepted into NAS Archive – ‘In Place:’ NAS Floor 30x40cm Ink and watercolour on French drawing paper
December - 2013 One of three artists in the Community Art Project ‘Winter Wonderland’ Maitland City Council and Maitland Regional Gallery.
November - 2013 National Art School ‘Landscape’ group show
June - 2013 Tyrell’s Exhibition – Group show
March - 2013 Seascape and beyond: Art Exhibition Held at Merewether SLSC
December - 2012 ‘In the Garden ’ group exhibition at Lorn Gallery NSW