After a decade of working alongside each other at the Abbotsford Convent, Ralf Kempken and Katheryn Leopoldseder come together for this exhibition. Confluence materialises the common streams of influence of place and community; through both artist’s distinctive practices.
About Ralf Kempken
Ralf Kempken has been cutting and spraying multi layered stencils for years. From portraiture, urban landscapes and modernist architecture, the stencil is used to spray images in variations. The underlying concept has always been that we filter all we see through past experiences and memories. Thus followed the evolution of the stencil, which up until now had been used as the tool to produce the painting, into the artwork itself. We all screen and frame our personal view of the world and with this in mind the stencils have turned into screens. Artwork that can be seen through and create optical illusions. The screens are intended as daily reminders that we have a conscious choice in how to look at the world around us.
About Katheryn Leopoldseder
Katheryn Leopoldseder is a jeweller and artist, and one of the Abbotsford Convent's earliest tenant community members. With a focus on craftsmanship, Katheryn uses the language of personal adornment and its unique relationship to the body, to explore values, identity and faith. Katheryn has received awards, government commissions, grants and acquisitions. Her work is represented by several collections including the NSW Powerhouse Museum and The Art Gallery of South Australia.