Australian artist Erica Wagner presents her original collage artwork from the children's book Hope is the Thing, written by Johanna Bell, illustrated by Erica Wagner and published in February 2023 by Allen & Unwin.
Johanna and Erica's mutual love of birds led them towards Hope is the Thing, where Erica produced collages to accompany a poem by Johanna riffing on Emily Dickinson's famous work Hope is the Thing With Feathers.
Erica's collage is often comprised of old work, abandoned or discarded compositions, monoprints, or other creative fragments, allowing Erica to embrace surprise and discovery in her practice. Onto colour fields evoking places she loves - the wide-open skies of central and northern Australia, misty mountain forests, and wild burnt coastlines - Erica places torn and cut shapes, looking for angles and contrasts.
Erica will be in the gallery throughout the exhibition and the book, Hope is the Thing, will be officially launched on Sunday 12 February, 1-3pm.
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