Sally Parnis

Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Emma Hack Art Prize exhibition.

My Video Drawing work entitled “DNA” has been selected for the Emma Hack Art Prize Exhibition at the Adelaide Fringe.

Emma Hack’s Exhibition celebrates the work of South Australian Artists, and this year the theme is “Identity”.

The exhibition is in the Festival Theatre Foyer, and officially opens Thursday 11th February at 6pm.

It can be viewed any day from 9 until 5 and when events are on at the theatre, and runs until March 13th.

A winner will be selected by a panel of judges , and there is also a people’s choice award – voting  can be done on line here and works can be purchased online here. A list of finalists can be found here

In my video work, the viewer can “participate” in the drawing transformation of one family member to the next. The unique qualities of digital drawing enable the drawing process to be replayed and preserved.

Our DNA determines in part our unique and at the same time composite identity. This animated series of portrait drawings explores that fascination we have with family likeness.

To see the movie, visit the exhibition at the Adelaide Festival Theatre, Feb 11th until March 13th!

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Gematria – an Exhibition

“Gematria is an Assyro-Babylonian system of numerology later adopted by Jews that assigns numerical value to a word or phrase in the belief that words or phrases with identical numerical values bear some relation to each other”

I am participating in “Gematria”, an exhibition curated by Gloria Strzelecki, opens at Adelaide Central Gallery, Glenside Cultural Precinct, 7 Mulberry Road, Glenside on June 17th.

Gloria has assigned 26 artists each a letter of the alphabet and asked us to make an Artwork in response to that letter. The works will be accompanied by a very brief statement or poem written by the artist.

The exhibition will be opened by John Neylon, author, curator and Art critic, at 6pm on the 17th June. It continues until 11th July.

Some of the works may be seen here.

"The Gloaming", oil on marine ply, 1200cm x 49cm

“The Gloaming”, oil on marine ply, 1200cm x 49cm

The Participating Artists are:

Michael Bishop, Nona Burden, Liz Butler, Patty Chehade, Ruby Chew,
Trena Everuss, Louise Feneley, Zoe Freney, Geoff Gibbons, Sasha Grbich,
Rob Gutteridge, Ingrid Kellenbach, Sue Kneebone, Jess Mara, Claire Marsh,
Debra Morley, Renate Nisi, Sally Parnis, Rebekah Rivett, Fiona Roberts,
Julia Robinson, Chris Thiel, Yve Thompson, Luke Thurgate, Sera Waters
and Lyn Wood.

Why I have not been in the Studio

We have just finished the wonderful mad three or so weeks of the Adelaide Festival and Fringe. Artist’s week, The Adelaide International and The Adelaide Biennial have managed to keep me away from my studio in large chunks.

I was intensely engaged for over two weeks in the Studio Orta workshop, making hearts for Jorge Orta’s Heart Project. It was an inspiring insight into the potential of collaborative and community based Art action. The results, and other work produced by Lucy and Jorge Orta and their collaborators can be seen at the Jam Factory gallery in Adelaide until the end of March, as part of “Apart , we are together”, the Adelaide International exhibition.