Wednesday, 8 May 2019

The Art of People Watching, celebrating the unique characters that enrich community life in the Peel Region, is the next exciting exhibition at Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM).

Pinjarra artist Jill Fryer has spent many enjoyable hours subtly observing quirky characters at shopping centres, country shows and towns.  Doll making is her platform bringing these observations to life, sharing the unique stories of Australian culture.

The dolls stories explore many aspects of our community, hippies, the young, the elderly, the homeless and the mythological - inviting the audience to see these characters with fresh eyes and value them as members of our community.

The exhibition features 21 dolls, which have been created over the last few years.  Including George and Mariana, inspired by elderly couples from the local supermarket, Mickey and Roxy, representing the Dwellingup bikie fraternity and Sgrumpy the ogre, a local folk legend come to life.  

Jill Fryer comes from a creative family and many of her character ideas have been brewing for years.  The universal problem of homelessness triggered one of her artwork concepts after meeting a young man in New Zealand.

“It has been a wonderful journey for me, I was surprised when people actually liked these strange characters, which have evolved over time. To expand on this and include art work that explores and explains their whereabouts, stories and fables is so fulfilling,” Jill Fryer said.

The exhibition will be officially opened on Sunday, 19 May at 2pm, followed by an artist talk with Jill Fryer where she will discuss her inspirations and character stories.

The exhibition runs until Sunday, 16 June.  CASM opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm at 63 Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah.