10 Questions with the artists of 'On the Cusp'

 Sharyn Louise Ingham,  Spotted gum , 2016, oil on marine plywood, 90 x 60 cm

Sharyn Louise Ingham, Spotted gum, 2016, oil on marine plywood, 90 x 60 cm

 1. Give us the who, what, when, where, why of your SALA show.  

Janine Dello: Our group exhibition is titled ‘On the Cusp’, in which we investigate and interpret the nature of transition in our own diverse way. We are emerging artists, all graduates from Adelaide Central School of Art: Evy Moschakis, Malcolm Richards, Cathy Milne, Kate Dowling, Janine Dello and Sharyn Ingham. The exhibition will be held at East Borough Eatery, 96 Glen Osmond Road, Parkside. Opening night is Wednesday 2nd August and will run until the end of August. 

2. How does this SALA show fit with the rest of your practice? 

Janine Dello: My painting practice is quite solitary, so organising this exhibition together has given us all the opportunity to meet and converse about ideas, just like we did whilst studying together. 

3. Tell us about how you came to be at your venue? 

Kate Dowling: East Borough has been a popular and central location for our group to meet up regularly. We were impressed with the refurbishment of the cafe by proprietors Makeeley and Paul and thought it would be a good location for our group exhibition. 

4. Have you been involved in SALA before? 

Kate Dowling: No. This is very exciting for me as it will be my first opportunity to exhibit with SALA. I feel honoured to be exhibiting with such a talented group of people. Other members of the group have I believe previously exhibited in SALA. 

5. How do you think SALA is unique?

Cathy Milne: SALA is amazing in how it has grown to be such a large, all-encompassing celebration of South Australian art. Anyone can participate – from talented amateurs through to emerging artists and well established favourites. And it’s for audiences too – sometimes it’s hard to know how to connect with new artists – but with SALA you can just grab your guide and head down to your local café. 

 Malcolm Richards,  The Tumblers , 2017, conte on paper, 152 x 115 cm

Malcolm Richards, The Tumblers, 2017, conte on paper, 152 x 115 cm

6. What are you most looking forward to in SALA? 

Cathy Milne: I’m really looking forward to seeing Christopher Orchard’s exhibition, 'Avatar', at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Chris is this year’s feature artist for SALA and I love the humour and humanity in his work. I also want to see 'The Great Suffragist Dirigible' at the Adelaide Town Hall - it’s a series of portraits of some important women in South Australia’s history, created by some of our own contemporary female artists. And I still need to see Narelle Autio & Trent Parke’s video work at the Samstag Museum – I find their work really moving and I’m interested in seeing their collaboration within the sphere of backyard cricket. 

I’ll also be getting to lots of venues to support the artists that I know, and no doubt discovering some amazing new artists along the way! 

7. Do you have a studio? If so, tell us about it. 

Evy Moschakis: I have a home studio which was purpose built when we renovated our place in 2012. It has full spectrum lighting, huge windows and el cheapo flooring. It’s the only room in the house that I feel free to trash and is packed with art and craft supplies, I could probably open a shop. This lends itself to much mayhem from myself as well as my 7 year old. It’s a disaster that I can close the door on. 

8. What tips would you share with other artists thinking about being involved in SALA for 2018?  

Evy Moschakis: Definitely be involved. It’s a great opportunity to put your work out there and great experience in organising all aspects of exhibiting, including curating. Start working on a body of work early so you have some images for prospective venues for the next registration round. 

9. Have you entered any of the SALA awards? Would you consider entering any of them in the future?  

Malcolm Richards: This year we haven’t and perhaps that’s a lesson for us as emerging artists, we concentrated on the exhibition dates rather than the award entry dates. The awards do look exciting and should be a challenge for us to take up next year. 

10. What’s next for you after SALA? 

Malcolm Richards: As a group we’re very typical of emerging artists, all are practicing artists, some studying, some working in the art field and others juggling art and different life commitments. What is sure is that you’ll be seeing more of us in the future.