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Greer Townshend

Visual Artist in Brisbane

Fragility, Flowers and Contemporary Portraits


"What I love about the medium is its innate honesty. A drawing lets slip its own history."

 In "Fragility, Flowers and Contemporary Portraits" from PechaKucha Night Sunshine Coast Vol. 18Greer Townshend shares her passion for and practice of drawing.  Her work is frequently underpinned by the concept of fragility, whether related to the process of memory, language or the self. Greer's practice combines portraiture and elements of nature, inferring an inherent connection between the two, and denoting life cycles. Greer will be talking about her take on ‘creating’ contemporary portraiture including her current fascination with all things 'flowering'.

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Mud Portraits

@ VOL 73 ON MAY 26, 2010

Canadian photographer Harold Godsoe introduces his series of "Mud Portraits," explaining what drew him to using mud, and what he feels comes out of the resulting photographs.

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OTTO - Life with Flowers

@ VOL 4 ON JUN 27, 2015

Ying-lan Chang is a flower designer, sharing her experiences on her life with flower arts in Tainan.

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Portraits of Secure - Insecure Housing

@ VOL 24 ON JUL 14, 2016

Carol Skinger People fall through the cracks. Everyone here knows someone who did. Either a friend or a family member or someone you encountered yesterday. Most of us find the Tiny House Movement interesting. If you are an architecture or design student it’s a cool problem to solve. One thing folks do not picture when they say “tiny house” is a mobile home or trailer. As an artist I found two parts of my world crossing paths when I started to take commissions to paint what I call secure housing for individuals. It’s a good little niche and I use the proceeds to help support a family member who does not have secure housing (or really secure anything) who lives in a tiny home known as a trailer. While my commissioned house portraits are much loved and they are warm and illustrative, they would not be accepted in a contemporary art show. A few months ago something surprising happened. I submitted my series of small paintings of mobile homes and trailers to a juried art show at 2105 Three Rivers Arts Festival and received an important award from juror Freyda Spira Associate Curator of Drawings and Prints at Metropolitan Museum of Art, a “Best of Show”. I felt happy about this obviously, but also happy for my family member whose life inspires me to see the subject area.

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Language of flowers

@ VOL 15 ON NOV 30, 2017

Beyond the fleeting and at time swallow beauty of western bouquets, flowers have been the pluriversal language of peace, love and healing. From politics to art, through medicine and meditation, flowers are everywhere and yet often fail to really be seen. Here is an invitation to a worldy conversatzion with them.

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Honey of a Thousand Flowers

@ VOL 24 ON MAR 30, 2018

Sarah is a destination wedding florist that creates flower arrangements inspired by the texture and changing of seasons in nature. Her flowers evoke the feeling of freshly gathered garden flowers, with all their natural variations and inconsistencies.  

She has traveled all over the world creating flowers for couples in many different environments. Her philosophy is that flowers should feel natural in the environment that they are going to be viewed in. S

he goes to great lengths to source the perfect flowers to complete a desired look, but also finds many of her materials in the immediate area that the event will be held. The final product truly is an extension of it’s surroundings, her interpretation of nature. She finds joy in collaborating with a couple to create flowers unique for their event; taking inspiration from them, the season, and the surroundings. Each arrangement is more than just a centerpiece or a bouquet, it has layers of beauty that are meant to be experienced, not just seen. Sarah works internationally , but resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she calls the base of the Rocky Mountains home.


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Creative Portraits & Spontaneity

@ VOL 35 ON NOV 08, 2018

Follow Lisa Grey's discovery of self through creative iPhone portraits.

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Portraits de gens pris sur le fait

@ VOL 4 ON NOV 15, 2018

Maxime Frairot commente ses supers toiles avec humour et présente tous les portraits de ses sujets qui semblent regarder le spectateur droit dans les yeux.

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Flowers & Failure

@ VOL 28 ON AUG 16, 2018

Katie Roach presents a guide to overcoming mental illness and adult ADHD through the eyes of femininity, community, and entrepreneurship.
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Weekend Flowers

@ VOL 49 ON JUN 27, 2019

Kate Freeman grows flowers for the purpose of using them in her homespun floral design studio. Weekend Flowers was bred out of creative interest, but Kate also considers environmental sustainability at every step. She thinks there is an opportunity to appreciate flowers grown locally for attributes other than the standards set by the global industry. Kate will be talking about a few of her favourites, as well as some of the quirks that come along with doing a country thing in the city.