JOAN MULLARVEY

Natural Habitat

These works are inspired by the landscape of North Eastern Victoria, from Mount Hotham through to my town on the Murray River. I spend hours doing sketches, taking photo's and collecting foliage and found objects to use as inspiration for my prints. By using a combination of experimental plates as well as traditional printmaking techniques allows me to create simple monoprints or more complex images.

Pods, Foliage & Flowers

This collection features an abstraction of textures and shapes of various seed pods, flowers, leaves and natural patterns.
'Biara Biara Dreaming' is a tribute to our majestic Banksia's. Using multiple collagraph plates to give the appearance of fabric. These are then french seamed using archival linen tape to make beautiful patchwork on 100% cotton rag paper. 'Ode to Ogmo' is inspired by the markings of our iconic gum trees by the 'The Scribbly Gum Moth'

' But what I yearn and yearn to learn

Is how they know just when to turn

There in the dark

Under the bark

Of various species of gum tree? '

 

Extract from Graham Alcorn's poem 'The Scribblygum Moth'

Blue Gums

Monoprints are the perfect choice for my series 'Blue Gums', each print like the gums leaves is unique.
Working while the leaves are fresh records a fleeting moment in time.

Italowie Dreaming

No matter the place my eye is drawn to the form and structure within the landscape and horizon line. 
By deconstructing these forms and structures and recreating the landscape with observational drawing, textures, shape and repetition, I attempt to create a sense of place and space for the viewer to enjoy.

The Italowie series is a deconstructed dry creekbed in the Flinders Ranges.

O.Scribula Series

Working with organic shapes taken from graphite rubbings of the tracks of the Scribbly gum moth on the gum trees at Chiltern National Park.

 

The thing I’d dearly love to learn

Is what makes every Ogmo turn?

Off to the left, then to the right,

Another about turn, very tight ...'

 Extract from The Scribblygum Moth by Graham Alcorn

 

Arkaroola Dreaming

Arkaroola is the common name for the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, a wildlife sanctuary situated in South Australia.

On The Surface

Works produced for the exhibition 'On The Surface' – a group show of printmakers from around the North East area of Victoria. Inspired by my local environment and focussing on our iconic gums. Whether a waterhole, a granite outcrop, farmlands or just driving these majestic trees dominate our horizon. They are an integral part of the texture of our land.

Our precious natural habitat can sometimes be harsh and foreboding and yet they can be a haven too – full of wonder and life.

Majestic Gums

Warby Wanderings & Hotham & Beyond

While walking through the Warby Ranges I am always on the lookout for interesting forms and shapes. Incorporating leaves and other natural elements onto the printed plate allows me to experiment with colour and layers.

The Water Hole & Cockatoo Dreaming

I love the challenge of reworking strong images and morphing them into another print.  My focus is still the waterhole at Boatrock including universal symbols for water and feathers found at the actual waterhole.

Dargo's Garden

These monoprints of foliage and flowers were collected from walking tracks on Mount Hotham.

Chinaman's Island

Chinaman's Island is a nature reserve on Lake Mulwala with abundant birdlife.