By Morgan de Smidt
A RENOWNED WA artist is spending time at Kalamunda Community Centre to create unique and individual artworks that will adorn the facility.
Artist Leanne Bray has undertaken a three-week residency at the centre to create internal and external artworks complimenting the building and its functionality.
Ms Bray said it was an excellent feeling to be chosen for the project considering her ties to the centre through the launch of her public art career in the early 90s working with Kalamunda Shire and her late mother Angela Fleming.
“When we first came to Australia my mum hung out here for years, she used to be a tutor here teaching pattern making, dress making, textiles and fabrics,” Ms Bray said.
“When this came up it was a really exciting opportunity for me to do something that was a bit of a homage to my dear mum.”
Ms Bray’s body of work titled Kindred Spirits features a 3m laser cut steel feather which will be installed on the front of the building and a series of smaller steel feathers overlapping geometric patterns painted onto plywood, positioned in the alcoves of the centre’s entrance.
“It’s the idea of the feathers drifting into the building, a gathering place for like-minded people,” Ms Bray added.
“The patterns take on this notion of quilting, my approach was to use geometry and pattern making which is part of my own studio practice and it is also very relevant to the community projects that go on in here because quilting, stitching and pattern making are all the sorts of things you can do at the centre.
“I also wanted to reflect the environment.
“It was important to include something from the area, so I focussed on the red tail black cockatoo.
“They are a species that is in trouble, so it is quite nice to make them the hero.”
Kalamunda mayor Margaret Thomas said the centre created a dedicated area for Ms Bray to immerse herself in her work while allowing the community easy access to share the experience.
“It’s such an incredible opportunity to watch an artist bring their designs to life and I am really looking forward to seeing the finished pieces installed,” mayor Thomas said.
In addition to Ms Bray’s artwork a 4m plywood feather was created for employees and members of the centre to paint on which will be hung in the outdoor area.
Ms Bray said she hoped to have the installation of Kindred Spirits complete by mid-December.