View the world around us from a new perspective, through the exhibitions on display at the Tamworth Regional Gallery - Black and Light by local artist Michelle Hungerford and collaborative effort Blindspot.
The synergy between both exhibitions is evident through dark emotions raised by the subject matter of the works. Grief. Loss. Despair. However, the viewer doesn't leave heavy with bleak feelings. Through the beauty of meaningful creation, hope shines through.
From the golden hues sparkling on a desolate landscape to the pure joy of a child's smile - the ultimate message of both exhibitions is one of truth and hope.
Hungerford's exhibition provides aerial views of regional landscapes. The 'Ghost River' series reveals timelines of fire, flood and drought. Dark landscapes crossed by undulating paths of long-gone water courses; leaving their wrinkle in the land.
Comprised of three large textured and multicoloured panels, the powerful 'Ghost River I' dominates the gallery space, representing a landscape that is pushing back the oppressive black to the edges of the canvas.
'Raining Green' is striking in comparison, with an optimistic pallet of bright greens and blues shining out against the dark.
The dark and light also play a role in the Blindspot exhibition.
The work by artists Jodie Herden, Joanne Stead, Leah Dryden, Jody White and Karen Balsar reflect important issues from their own world that are overlooked by society.
Jodie Herden's multi-disciplinary works shine with strength and resilience, while meeting the raw pain of cultural loss, recognising the truth, loss and trauma of her Gamilaroi heritage.
Joanne Stead's installation is beautifully arranged household items gathered from donations and roadside collection, painted with local endangered species. If we don't change, these animals will disappear into the shadows.
Leah Dryden developed three pieces, offering the viewer the opportunity to reflect, reassess and develop new expectations of themselves and surroundings.
Karen Balsar's sculptures capture the essence of nature; creating beautiful over-size organic forms in steel.
The sculpture 'Hope' by Jody White is a symbol of joy and freedom, created by hundreds of butterflies is accompanied by a mirror, allowing the viewer to see themselves in a new light.
Black and Light and Blindspot Aare on exhibition until late March.