The Trans-Cultural/ Religious Tree of Life and Knowledge:

An Artist’s Quest to Reinterpret Past Visual Representations to Revitalise Their Potency for the 21st Century

A presentation by Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox

Thursday 4 August 2011, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Quaker Meeting House,
10 Hampson St, Kelvin Grove (park on Prospect Tce)
Members and concession $10; Non-members $15

K. Brimblecombe-Fox (2001). Stillness Within.

The tree-of-life/knowledge motif is an age old symbol, understood by people across time, religions and cultures. However, what does it mean to us in the 21st century? Do past visual representations connect with us? How can the tree be visually re-interpreted to revitalize its symbolic potency? Does it have the power to awaken dormant recognition of symbolic meaning? Does its trans- cultural /religious capacity hold clues to finding compassion for ourselves and others?

These are some of the questions visual artist Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox ponders as she paints images of trees which variously cascade, morph, pulse and erupt across her canvases.

This presentation will be a journey into Kathryn’s inspirations, imagination, influences, ponderings, questions and discoveries. She refers to herself as a generalist, with a bower bird-like love of collecting a broad array of ideas and information, and then finding connections and perspectives others may not see. She uses the tree motif to visually explore multiple perspectives, literally and metaphorically, to engage the viewer in a sense of discovery, where ensuing conversations with oneself or others actually complete a painting.

Kathryn will bring paintings, plus show images on Powerpoint.

Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox  BA, [double major in Art History], University of Queensland. 

After graduating from UQ, Kathryn worked as a Curatorial Assistant at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Marriage saw her leave Canberra to live in Goondiwindi, where she became involved in community life, worked as a part-time freelance curator for various regional galleries, painted and had three daughters. She moved to Brisbane ten years ago with her children. In 2001 she successfully completed a bridging program for a PhD in Art History, which she had been invited to enter. However, decided not to continue with the PhD because she wanted to focus on her art practice.

Kathryn has exhibited extensively in S.E. Queensland, Brisbane and in the last ten years she has also exhibited in London, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Seoul. Kathryn has been the recipient of a number of art awards and has been a finalist in many others. Her work is held in private, corporate and institutional collections in Australia, Korea, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, London and the US.

In 2005/6 Kathryn was Qld Chapter Chairman of the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry [AACCI] which represents Australian business interests in the Arab League countries of the Middle East and North Africa. She is an accomplished public speaker. She also loves to BLOG and writes a new post once a week.  www.kathrynbrimblecombeart.blogspot.com

Kathryn’s full CV can be read on her website www.kathrynbrimblecombe-fox.com