‘Interior Assembly’ Exhibition – Haruka Sawa & Freda Davies


Haruka Sawa , Service at 6, Oil on Canvas, 2018

Join us at Scoolhouse Studios for ‘Interior Assembly’ an exhibition by Haruka Sawa and Freda Davies.

Opening: Thursday 23rd of May, 6 – 8pm
Dates: Thursday 23rd May – Thursday 6th June
Schoolhouse Gallery is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 3pm

Internal thoughts and experiences are quiet but they hold strength. Art making allows a unique opportunity to explore ideas that are not often consciously considered or openly discussed in our ‘day to day’.
Freda Davies and Haruka Sawa are both interested in breaking from the daily ‘norm’ to explore an interior space, however each artist interprets this in a very different way.

Haruka Sawa is interested in mortality. Immigrating at sixteen she has experienced a disconnect of her two realities – Australia and Japan. By emulating her own funeral service she attempts to merge this sense of displacement into one space. A shrine of sorts, she considers her identity and mourns the symbolic death of her past life. The subject of death is considered taboo in our daily lives, however, Sawa sees this as a celebration of life, worthy of exploration.

Freda Davies is also interested in the celebration of life. Born in country Queensland, she has always placed importance on connecting to the natural world. Now living in the city she regularly takes long walks to visit her favourite Eucalyptus trees. These works attempt to celebrate the feelings of beauty and peace that visiting these trees bring her. A break from our daily lives in the city and from our electronic devices, she hopes that each artwork, in its own way, will bring the same joy to the viewer as the Eucalypts do to the artist.

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Freda Davies is a Queensland born artist currently based in Melbourne. After completing a First Class Honours degree in 2014 she regularly exhibits her paintings in commercial, public and artist run institutions.

Davies’ practice focuses on two central themes. Firstly, the depiction of the female body from a woman’s perspective and secondly, abstractions that explore feelings of internal peace through colour and pattern.

She is currently producing work out of her studio in Northcote and will be exhibiting in a group show at MARS gallery later in 2019.

Haruka Sawa predominantly works with ideas of mortality and the everyday through various mediums including painting, installation, photography and sculpture. She was born in Japan and moved to Australia at sixteen. She has exhibited in galleries including Bus Projects, The Wandering Room, Boxcopy, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane Emerging Art Festival, Powerhouse and has been the recipient of the Clayton Utz award. She lives and works in Melbourne.

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