Greer Townshend is a New Zealand-born artist, based in Australia, whose primary practice is drawing. Her work is frequently underpinned by the concept of fragility, whether related to the process of memory, language or the self. Her practice combines portraiture and elements of nature, inferring an inherent connection between the two, and denoting life cycles.
Typically, Townshend's figures float on a white ground, with a focus on the head and face. The body is reduced to a select ensemble of naively drawn lines whereby underlining the precariousness of life, evoking a sense of otherworldliness, and highlighting the concept of a person as a soul. Flowers are a reoccurring motif in Townshend's work given their beauty and ephemeral nature. Floriography, the language of flowers, is used as a device to further explore the notion of the soul, as well as a means of describing the personal history someone carries with them.
These ideas, combined with Townshend's affinity for literature and language, as well as time spent living in France and Japan, lead her to regarding the works as visual haiku, a short Japanese poem with reference to a fleeting moment in nature, the aesthetics of which are brevity, directness, naturalness and simplicity.
Fragility, Flowers and Contemporary Portraits
BY GREER TOWNSHEND
@ VOL 18
ON AUG 24, 2016
"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. 18, Greer 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'.