Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Humble Teabag Becomes Work of Art in Exhibition at the Warwick Gallery

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Humble Teabag Becomes Work of Art in Exhibition at the Warwick Gallery

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MATERIALS, various media, subject matter, techniques, and processes are the ingredients used to make the artistic C[pounds sterling]puddingC[yen]. However, it is the artist's vision, their creative integrity that, while providing the icing, is also fundamental to the C[pounds sterling]wow powerC[yen] of first encounters.

The Warwick Regional Art Gallery is hosting two very different exhibitions whose harmony of tone creates a complementary ambience.

C[pounds sterling]Dream of the RoodC[yen] is the work of Pat and Tom Benkendorff and explores an eighth century Old English lyric dream poem.

The poem tells the story of the C[pounds sterling]roodC[yen] an ancient term for the cross. Pat Benkendorff has translated the poem which deliberately used tough, virile images to appeal to the Anglo-Saxon warrior culture.

It is the story of the Passion told through the cross, once a strong tree, then an instrument of torture, and now a universal symbol of redemption and faith.

Pat has made a series of assemblages which include shroud-like fabrics, collage, text, and exquisite small painted details like illuminated manuscripts. Each piece is a poem in itself to be appreciated individually as well as collectively. Tom Benkendorff has created four triptych panels of digital manipulations that act as a dramatic and muscular version of the Stations of the Cross.

These photo-montages are multi-layered using the artist's original paintings, and documentary photographs of graphic Easter ceremonies to present soberly hued patterns of suffering interspersed with shards of light like stained glass windows.

The second exhibition is C[pounds sterling]Svea's Cup of Tea,C[yen] a whimsical, joyous assortment of extraordinary garments of wearable art, masks, machine-embroidered panels including sewn milk cartons, wall hangings, and fanciful headgear. …

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