WHY THE EMPTY ROOM? (see attached release for expanded story)
Two Sydney artists are using art as therapy to help them through the emotional rollercoaster of family separations.
‘The Room Without You’ is an exhibition of artwork focusing on the raft of emotional issues the artists have faced in navigating the tricky business of marital separation with children.
Sophie Greenfield and Sharon England originally connected at one of the most dazzling and confounding intersections of life – brand new motherhood. Along with a dozen or so other mums in the Crows Nest Mothers Group of 2004, they spent Thursday mornings swapping breastfeeding stories, clucking over baby cuddles and lamenting over endless nights with no sleep.
Over thirteen years on, there has been a whole lot of life wash under the bridge for both of them and they have found themselves reconnecting at yet another confounding intersection – the one where you must face bundling those same babies through a marital separation. Through this experience, art bought them back together as they both set about using their work to make sense of such a difficult time.
Sharon now works full time as an artist from her studio in Bondi where the exhibition will be held.
Sophie is a Sydney based creative, with a long career in digital media. “Many years back, I did a Fine Art degree with a focus on printmaking; then I completed post grad studies in digital arts at Central & St. Martins college of Art in London. I’ve completed commissions, exhibited prints and interactive digital work in the UK, Tokyo and California. But, until now, I’ve never given my analogue drawing style any room for expression. So here goes, I’ve turned the screen off and taken a year to create a series of works re ecting the recent rollercoaster of life.”
‘The Room Without You ‘ will be showing at a popup gallery in Bondi from 16-18 November. 3 Sandridge Street Bondi. 12-8pm. Drop in to meet the artists, share a drink and snack. Sausage sizzle Sunday. ##
phone: 0402 633 685
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Sharon England Art
Sharon England and Sophie Greenfield are two Sydney artists whohave teamed up for a collaborative art exhibtion - The Room Without You. Focusing on the emotional issues surrounding blending families and separation from children after divorce, the y have turned to art as therapy to get them thorugh these tricky times. The exhibition will show in Bondi from 16-18 November, 2018.
M: 0402 633 685