Stephanie Eather

From Vernon Terrace

7 February — 24 February 2024

1987
Lives and works in Melbourne

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Represented by nanda\hobbs

In the sun-scorched vastness of Stephanie Eather's creative terrain, the shearing shed becomes a cathedral of toil. Here, time is frozen. The rhythmic hum of clippers and the coarse symphony of livestock merge with the harsh whisper of the Australian bush. The landscape, both stoic witness and stern taskmaster, echoes with the ancient tales of resilience and struggle. Gnarled and defiant, it bears witness to the relentless embrace of both drought and plenty.

Eather's tools, an extension of her hands, move with a grit and determination we have never witnessed so acutely. Evocative, she takes us beyond the acrid tang of sweat-soaked wool—embarking on a compelling exploration of her ancestral tapestry. She transcends the confines of traditional studio introspection. Departing from the conventional, she strives to understand and breathe life into her family's history. The kinetic strength of her observational drawing practice unfolds in landscapes resonant with the echoes of her forebears. Here, Eather seeks not just to document, but to touch and comprehend the essence of her lineage.

As Krauss aptly notes, "if you can remember 'who' you are, you have the necessary associative scaffold to teach yourself to remember anything." Eather draws a poignant analogy between her therapeutic quest for personal history, and the ever-unfolding artist's journey; asserting that the compatible medium is the compass guiding profound self-discovery. For Eather, drawing is how she breathes life into her sense of self, weaving a narrative that intertwines meaningful places, people, and experiences.

A significant aspect of Eather's process is the meticulous ritual of preparing her materials. It is a laborious, yet essential step in intertwining the medium, body, and place. Her latest engagement with gouache becomes a vessel—tactile textures and vibrant colours are drawn from a multitude of experiences. The collision of hues mirror the overwhelming experience of revisiting past landscapes; a vivid reconnection with her own history. Eather plays with the malleability of memory, a dance between form and texture. This departure from traditional drawing methods results in a profound aesthetic experience, where memory and medium converge.

The resulting marks on canvas are not mere images; they are the traces of her body's communion with practice, a testament to the physicality of the artist in relation to the object. This meditative exploration of specific visual memories unexpectedly unveils layers of her past in short sittings. This raw authenticity, unfettered by premeditated designs, becomes a gateway to unexpected images and emotional landscapes. It is a testament to Eather's fearlessness, anchored in the symbiosis of physical presence and her reimagined world.

Through her intimate connection with the Australian countryside, Eather revisits the memory of fourteen different stations across Yorta Yorta and Wiradyuri country. She connects with her family; exploring the experiences of her father and grandmother. The process becomes a journey into the past, contemplating the impact of life choices on her present self.

Her paintings stand as a contemporary chapter in the rich tradition of Australian art. In the spirit of iconic depictions by artists like Tom Roberts and Joan Snyder, Eather's canvas seems to breathe on its own, as if a living thing. Here, the tangible and intangible become one.


Anthea Mentzalis
February, 2024

 

\ Exhibition featured works

Stephanie Eather

A room of skin and fluros

2023 \ Oil on polycotton, framed \ 77 x 61cm

Stephanie Eather

Blush on porch panels. (get yaself to Geelong he said )

2024 \ Oil on polycotton, framed \ 77 x 61cm

Stephanie Eather

Dusk from the Steam Plains quarters

2023 \ Oil on polycotton \ 77 x 61cm

SOLD

Stephanie Eather

Fabriano from cardboard and a fold out table on the striaght

2024 \ Oil on board, framed \ 44 x 60cm

SOLD

Stephanie Eather

From a Getz to a Hilux over the soil on the Hay plains

2023 \ Oil on polycotton, framed \ 61 x 77cm

Stephanie Eather

It felt like I was staring at a Bacon painting

2023 \ Oil on polycotton, framed \ 61 x 61cm

Stephanie Eather

Knock off bargain Lord Nelsons on the sawtooth

2024 \ Oil on board, framed \ 70 x 50cm

SOLD

Stephanie Eather

Packing the Ranger to head to Toganmain

2023 \ Oil on polycotton \ 77 x 61cm

Stephanie Eather

Reverse park it next to the tool shed underneath the powerline

2024 \ Oil on polycotton, framed \ 61 x 61cm

Stephanie Eather

Solid gold grains and pulling the three metre timber pew in front of the campfire

2023-24 \ Oil on polycotton, framed \ 104 x 206.5cm

Stephanie Eather

Steam Plains from the quarters

2023 \ Oil on polycotton, framed \ 61 x 77cm

SOLD

Stephanie Eather

Turn on the second track and remember the three big grey box trees on the right when you get out there

2023 \ Oil on polycotton, framed \ 61 x 61cm

SOLD

Stephanie Eather

\ 'From Vernon Terrace' Installation Photo

Stephanie Eather

\ 'From Vernon Terrace' Installation Photo

Stephanie Eather

\ 'From Vernon Terrace' Installation Photo

Stephanie Eather

\ 'From Vernon Terrace' Installation Photo

Stephanie Eather

\ 'From Vernon Terrace' Installation Photo

\ News

Media

'Canvas as Sanctum' by Joe Frost for Artist Profile features Stephanie Eather's recent N\H solo 'From Vernon Terrace'

11 March 2024

Stephanie Eathers work from her Project Space exhibition 'From Vernon Terrace' is reviewed by writer Joe Frost alongside painters Norma Napanangka and Maximilian Daniels, for Artist Profile.

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\ Other exhibitions

Yoshio Honjo

The Serpent, the Courtesan and other Japanese Fables

23 July — 10 August 2024

COMING HOME

Group Exhibition

17 July — 27 July 2024

ONCE UPON A MIDNIGHT DREARY

Group Exhibition

13 July — 20 July 2024

Contact Us

to find out more about From Vernon Terrace.

12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm Saturday, 11am - 4pm Closed Public Holidays (and Easter Saturday)