Natasha Bieniek

Jennifer (St Columba Falls, Pyengana), 2017

oil on bibond

9 x 14 cm

From the artist

Nestled in the tiny village of Pyengana, St Columba Falls State Reserve is a cool temperate rainforest dominated by giant man-ferns. But it wasn’t the reserve’s star attraction – a ninetymetre high gushing waterfall – that struck me most. It was the untouched messiness of the forest floor and the seemingly perfect symmetry of man-ferns. It symbolises connectivity, growth, restoration, rejuvenation and the intricacies of interpersonal relationships.

Artist background

Born Melbourne 1984. Exhibiting since 2006 including solo shows at Gippsland Art Gallery Sale Victoria  2012 and  Basel Hong Kong 2014. Winner of Portia Geach Memorial Award 2015; & Wynne Prize 2015.  Runner up in Doug Moran Portrait Prize 2012. Highly commended Architbald Prize AGNSW 2016. Collections include Tweed RIver Regional Art Gallery, NSW; Warnamboo Art Gallery, Victoria; & Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria.

Represented by DIane Tanzer Gallery + Projects and This is No Fantasy, Melbourne & Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane