Eveline Kotai // Invisible Threads: Book Launch and Exhibition
18 May - 15 June 2019
Art Collective WA is proud to launch the first artist monograph on Eveline Kotai, in conjunction with a solo exhibition that brings together her current work and selected highlights from her 40-year career. Traversing painting, drawing, print and stitched collage, Eveline’s work conveys technical aptitude and a deep sense of subject – leading to the production of continually unexpected colour, pattern and textural combinations. The monograph, Invisible Threads, is the third book in Art Collective WA's publishing program, celebrating the artists that live and work in Western Australia. The book features essays by national writer and curator Julie Ewington, WA arts writer Nyanda Smith and author Helen Thurloe. Eveline’s work can be found in many national collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Parliament House and Wesfarmers.
Art Gallery of Western Australia Exhibition
WA Now - Eveline Kotai Breathing Pattern
17 August 2019 - 10 February 2020
Curated by: Dunja Rmandić, Associate Curator 21st Century Arts
Over the past 15 years, Eveline Kotai’s interest in material dissolution and regeneration has culminated in the practice and process of cutting up and reworking her own paintings into new works. Her unique technique of reconfiguring pre-existing works into new compositions via invisible thread, and onto new surfaces, echoes a world in perpetual motion, transition and continuation. Like a computer program trying to repair itself or a human mind trying to get to know itself, new paths are found, new solutions forged. This method provides Kotai with, not only a never-ending source of new beginnings, but also an important meditative practice, a kind of breathing pattern, through which the action of cutting and stitching echo the rhythmic sequences of life.
The work in this exhibition includes a selection of painted and stitched works. The exhibition is carefully curated in response to the hexagon-like shape of the room. Living Forest, traverses approximately 11 meters as it shifts through seasonal changes, wrapping around 3 of the 6 walls. Other works - Trace Elements, White Noise Re-mix & Writing on Air are more contemplative works - edited and evocative, still but not stagnant.