At Home in Nature, 2023 - Andia Cally
At Home in Nature, 2023
Watercolour, acrylic paint, acrylic markers and stitching on canvas
41cm x 29cm (3.8cm)
Self-taught, Murwillumbah-based emerging artist, Andia Cally, takes inspiration from the beautiful caldera and coastal regions she has called home since 2012.
Inspired by the infinite beauty and intricacy of nature and fuelled by a passion for social and environmental justice, Andia’s work invites the viewer to pause, reflect, and reconnect with the natural world and their place in it, with a sense of wonder.
Andia’s mixed media pieces reveal her love of colour, texture and pattern. She combines acrylic painting, mark making, stitching and collage to explore our interconnectedness with the earth and all its inhabitants. Her whimsical, abstracted images highlight and hero the beauty and animism of the natural world.
This is Andia’s second solo exhibition, her first focusing on painting alone. Andia has participated in six group shows that feature her painting and photography in the past year, including one she curated.
A Common Thread
"Trees breathe what we exhale. We need what the tree exhales. So, we have a common destiny with the tree. You should treat everything as spirit and realise that we are one family....We are all connected. We all belong." Floyd Red Crow Westerman.
From forests to oceans, invertebrates to apex predators, every species of flora and fauna plays a role in creating balance and harmony on our planet. Like dropping a stitch, removing one species of plant or animal can have dire effects on a series of inter-reliant relationships, causing entire ecosystems to collapse.
This exhibition highlights the importance of our kinship and connection with nature as the common thread that is pivotal to her survival, as well as our own.
Multi-media artist, Andia Cally represents the beauty and complexity of landscapes and individual elements in nature that are teaming with life and interwoven with the stories and songlines that Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples have shared for millennia.
Each piece honours the sacred, life-sustaining and reciprocal relationship between Mother Nature and humanity.