Like Water

The Pump Station No 1 Mundaring Weir Western Australia

The Pump Station No 1 Mundaring Weir Western Australia

 

Fremantle artist Jo Darvall has built an enviable reputation for creating works of timeless beauty as she reinterprets historical narratives, the colours and marks expressed by significant WA female artists and collaborates with a range of artists to create engaging and memorable experiences.

“Art and storytelling are intrinsically linked to my practice. I have to be inspired - to love the story and feel the urgent need to tell everyone about it.” Jo Darvall

Amanda Curtin and Jo Darvall collaboration see  Kathleen OConnor of Paris

Amanda Curtin and Jo Darvall collaboration see Kathleen OConnor of Paris

Darvall’s exhibition Like Water, reconnects us with WA’s water history at a time when the world issearching for innovative solutions to provide fresh drinking water for future generations. The artwork on show at the Mundaring Arts Centre (6 April -27 May 2018) celebrates Darvall’s interpretation of the waterways of WA, drawing inspiration from artist Kathleen O’Connor (1876- 1968) and her father C.Y. O’Connor, the visionary engineer responsible for the construction of the Mundaring Weir and the Golden Pipeline from Mundaring to Kalgoorlie.

Darvall explains, “understanding where we come from helps us define our future”, to this end she has curated two installations to be held respectively in the main gallery of the Mundaring Arts Centre and the National Trust’s No. 1 Pump Station at the Mundaring Weir, complemented by a festival event to be held on 22 April 2018.

Install Mundaring Weir courtesy Eva Ferndez

Install Mundaring Weir courtesy Eva Ferndez

The Like Water public program brings together historians, poets, artists and iconic historical sitestied to the legend of C.Y O’Connor. The ticketed event starts at the historic No. 1 Pump Station with a presentation by Mike and Dr Kathryn Lefroy (descendants of C.Y O’Connor), followed by a brief introduction by the artist herself, Jo Darvall. Participants will then be treated to a music performance by an international pianist Setsu Masuda, a delicious long table lunch in the Mundaring Weir Hotel Ball Room with local historians, artists, and poets from the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writer's Centre. The wonderful day will finish at the Mundaring Arts Centre with a reading from 'Paris Bled into the Indian Ocean’ by eminent author Amanda Curtin. Tickets are limited and bookings for the event are via https://likewaterfestivaleventjodarvall.eventbrite.com

 
Still Life Floating #1 2018 oil on canvas 137 x 126 cm Contact the  Studio Art Gallery Yallingup WA .    Like Water is a tribute to these visionaries and the beautiful waterways – oceans, rivers lakes thatdefine Darvall’s adopted state of WA. The exhibition is open free to the public at the Mundaring Arts Centre on the corner of Nichol Street and Great Eastern Highway Mundaring until 27 May 2018. The Gallery is open 10am - 5pm Tuesday to Friday, 11am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday.  No. 1 Pump Station , Mundaring Weir is open 10am - 4pm, Saturday and Sunday. For more information and to book visit Mundaring Arts Centre  www.mundaringartscentre.com.au

Still Life Floating #1 2018 oil on canvas 137 x 126 cm Contact the Studio Art Gallery Yallingup WA.

Like Water is a tribute to these visionaries and the beautiful waterways – oceans, rivers lakes thatdefine Darvall’s adopted state of WA. The exhibition is open free to the public at the Mundaring Arts Centre on the corner of Nichol Street and Great Eastern Highway Mundaring until 27 May 2018. The Gallery is open 10am - 5pm Tuesday to Friday, 11am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday. No. 1 Pump Station, Mundaring Weir is open 10am - 4pm, Saturday and Sunday. For more information and to book visit Mundaring Arts Centre www.mundaringartscentre.com.au

 
(Sold) Water Ways 2017 watercolour on paper 93 x 121 cm Private Collection

(Sold) Water Ways 2017 watercolour on paper 93 x 121 cm Private Collection

 
Mundaring 2018 oil on canvas 168 x 152 cm contact  Studio Gallery Yallingup WA

Mundaring 2018 oil on canvas 168 x 152 cm contact Studio Gallery Yallingup WA

Mundaring Rocks 2018, oil on canvas 120 x 120 2018 (enquiries contact the artist)

Mundaring Rocks 2018, oil on canvas 120 x 120 2018 (enquiries contact the artist)

Night Forest 2018, oil on canvas 66 x 67 cm (contact the artist)

Night Forest 2018, oil on canvas 66 x 67 cm (contact the artist)

(sold) Waterways Cobalt Blue 2018, Watercolour on paper 80 x 80 cm

(sold) Waterways Cobalt Blue 2018, Watercolour on paper 80 x 80 cm