Collaborating Artists: Dr Aunty Eileen Harrison, Kerrie Warren & Darryl Whitaker
Image by Darryl Whitaker
Artists Kerrie Warren, Dr Aunty Eileen Harrison and Darryl Whitaker have come together to collaborate and create new work which aims to inspire visitors to the Frankston Arts Centre to stop and take a moment to enjoy a breath of fresh air generated through art inspired by nature.
Each artist has a history of embracing trees as both subject matter and backdrop for visual story and creative exploration in their otherwise diverse practices. Here they come together ‘Beneath the Canopies’ to launch the outcome of their collaboration on the long wall…
Although born in Melbourne, Warren’s family relocated regularly, so her childhood memories are a collage of loosely linked impressions that crisscross the landscapes of Australia’s south and south east: memories suffused with an atmosphere of transience. This living connection to the land has inevitably left its mark, both on the artwork created and on Warren’s evolving philosophy. As part of the journey Warren completed a Diploma of Art in Ceramics and a Master in Contemporary Art at VCA. Exhibitions include China, New York, Singapore and was the first artist to exhibit on the external wall of the Frankston Arts Centre.
Dr Aunty Eileen Harrison
Dr Aunty Eileen Harrison was born at Lake Tyers Mission Station ‘Bung Yarnda’. A Kurnai woman, a talented visual artist and highly respected elder. Harrison’s paintings reflect her deep connection to country, to her ancestors, family and the dreamtime. Eileen participated in Regional Arts Victoria Possum Skin Cloak Making Project and she proudly wore a cloak in the 2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne. Co-author of Black Swan, A Koori Woman’s Life she shares her personal story. Exhibitions include Connections to Country, at the Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale 2018 and Two Strong Sisters Connected at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum 2020.
A professional Cinematographer since 1990 Darryl produced television commercials for the Prime network and a wide range of corporate and nature based productions for Parks Victoria and DELWP. He bought his first DSLR in 2007 and joined the Latrobe Valley camera club of which he is now President. Still photography was the perfect accompaniment to cinematography and gave him all the excuses he ever needed to spend more time in the high country photographing snow gums, a subject he wishes to put into book in the near future. Darryl released his first book in 2015 “Gippsland – A photographer’s guide”