Willemina creates pieces in 2D and 3D.Her creative process is driven by form, balance, colour and her desire to explore the possibilities of working with a variety of materials.Responding intuitively to the environment she lives in near the bush and the ocean. She has a BFA from NAS in Sydney and showed her work in many group and solo exhibitions. Willemina has received numerous awards.
The impact of devastating flooding and landslides was felt at her home and studio as it overcame the entire Northern Rivers region of NSW, which sent Claire into a close examination of her immediate surroundings.
By returning to the core themes in much of her art – life, death and impermanence – Claire is yet again placed intimately close to nature, allowing her to understand more fully how we are all ultimately at the mercy of its might.
Claire has taken prints from found objects on her property - fallen trees riddled with borer tunnels, tree trunks that support the hillside from further collapse, epiphytes and root systems, still alive and growing amongst all the chaos. These prints, which form the backbone of her mixed media works, insist their unique reality upon this exhibition to acknowledge nature’s power, reveal its horror and beauty, and ultimately instill an acceptance and respect for whatever it may deliver.
Claire Yerbury is an artist who lives and works at her rural property surrounded by trees and nature in the Northern Rivers of NSW. Working on wooden panels using a combination of acrylic paint, Inktense pencils, oil crayon, print collage and paper, she builds layers that gently link, sometimes contrasting, sometimes blending but always flowing with a subtle unifying thread. Her themes of life, death, beauty, decay, growth, joy, sorrow and impermanence stem from her interest in Zen Buddhism and her observations of the natural world. Often these themes are expressed using images that reflect her experience and studies in horticulture and her musical background as a cellist.Claire has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts majoring in printmaking (Sydney University 1991), and an Advanced Certificate in Horticulture (2000).