Free as Bird for art’s sake

By Riverine Herald

TARLI Bird grew up in rural Donald in an artistic environment with her artist mum Jan Bird.

As a young girl she loved the open landscape and being able to go into her mum’s studio and experiment with art.

‘‘The colourful tubes of paint, the freedom to express myself through art was amazing and then as a teenager I joined mum attending life drawing workshops,’’ Ms Bird said.

‘‘I knew then I wanted to be an artist.’’

Ms Bird spent six years in the Monash University Art Department. Her lecturers gave her honest open advice and connected her to external opportunities including a commission to create a public installation on the university campus and involvement in the biannual New Wave Festival.

It takes a determined effort for a person to ensure success as an artist. Ms Bird remembers her University Masters Supervisors advice to not get distracted by prizes and theme exhibitions and to concentrate your energy on developing your own art style.

She feels that at this stage of her life, she has developed her own unique style of work.

Ms Bird has exhibited her artworks at Art Fairs and currently has a solo exhibition at The Abbotsford Convent called ‘Urban Garden’ — a collection of paintings combining traditional painting and hand embroidery with instantaneous methods of spray paint.

She has several of her paintings in the PPP Members Art Exhibition at the Foundry Arts Space in Echuca which concludes Sunday, August 26.

‘‘I reference the changing nature of our society where over time labour and time enduring processes have been replaced with instantaneously and simplified processes,’’ she said.

‘‘However, despite these changes my artistic origin remains the same as the Masters — that is communicating colour, light and pattern.’’

Ms Bird is an art teacher at Echuca College and enjoys learning how new technologies can be combined with traditional materials.

You can view more work on her website

Ms Bird will be giving an insight into her arts practice during a talk at the Foundry Arts Space from 12.30pm to 2pm on Wednesday, August 15 followed by an afternoon tea.

To book please send an email to Kristen at [email protected]