19 Gouger Street, Adelaide
Until April 26
Jeanne Scharpel, Jessica Miller, Jianna Georjiou, Jasmine Jones, Tess Crathern, Caitlin Moloney,
Grace Bell, Hannah Mexted, Michelle Hall, Ellese McLindin, Tori Bedford, Megan Long
Facilitated by a group of professional creatives, Tutti Visual Arts is a program for young adults with learning and intellectual disabilities held across studios based in Brighton, Port Adelaide and Nuriootpa. The studios afford young artists the space to develop work and engage with a range of mediums while offering opportunities for collaboration and career development with the presentation of work in exhibitions and participation in local festivals.
Fierce at Fisher Jeffries is an exuberant exhibition of works produced by an all-female group of Tutti Artists from across the various studios. Collectively, the works resonate with joy in the thrill of colour that is so characteristic of each of the artists. Jessica Miller’s series of six panels titled Flower Power repeats a singular floral motif, and yet each work demonstrates an entirely different approach to representation through a variation of colour, but even more so in the drawn details that embellish them. An inventive approach to paint and ink is also evident in Megan Long’s Flowers and Park, where beautiful linear shapes drawn over wash are blocked in with pink in some areas and illumined with metallic silver in others. Metallic gold also appears at the edges of Elise McLindon’s Pirates, anchoring a rectilinear composition of blues and greens applied with a fast brush emphasising the high energy of making.
Floral motifs reappear throughout many of the works in the exhibition, and Jasmine Jones’ The Flowers is a bold arrangement in close-up in contrast to smaller, decorative examples appearing in some of the other works. Leaf and petal are broadly defined by large blocks of zingy yellows, blush pinks and orange that are further highlighted by darker and paler lines solidifying their shapes. Michelle Hall’s series of four panels record the rich details of gardens, trees, birds and the sun in coloured pen on crisp blue paint. Grace Bell’s multicoloured Abstract Rabbit is blocked in against a luminescent yellow ground, its shape further defined by intricate linear patterns and circular shapes. The textural qualities of pencil and multi-directional line are prominent in Caitlin Moloney’s striking Middle Eastern Recipe as well as in Tess Crathern’s mesmerising Rainbow Sun.
According to the Urban Dictionary, the term ‘fierce’ is used to describe boldness, or bravado in someone or something that is of the highest standard. To be fierce is to take pride in the ownership of your own style and the courage to be your authentic self without needing to explain or justify it. In this way, each of the artists in the current show exemplify this use of the term in their individual approaches to making.