January 2023: Raewyne Johnson
Each month a member of our community is invited to browse our online collection and select six of their favourite artworks. Each My Choice selection, together with personal responses to the works, will be available to view on the Sarjeant Gallery website for one month at a time.
To kick off the new year, January’s My Choice has been selected by Raewyne Johnson, who after 35 years of involvement with the Sarjeant Gallery is leaving her role as Functions Coordinator to work on a casual basis. The image above is a work by John Beard of Raewyne, which is fitting given her connection to the Gallery and its collection.
Prior to her role at the Gallery, Raewyne worked as a full-time potter for 20 years. Given Raewyne’s involvement with the Gallery, it was a hard task to choose just six works for My Choice, but she says:
“These works reflect my love of the physicality and substance of material – of textures and three dimensionality, the use of other than traditional techniques which can be seen in my choice of these artworks. Many of these were made in the 80s which was a time when a number of artists had dispensed the constraints of working within a frame and were re-using, constructing and reconstructing, breathing new life into wood, fabric and other found materials.
My response to these particular works is very much on an emotional level; to the materials used, the subject matter and to a large extent the artists chosen, many of whom I am and have been privileged to know.”
Profile picture: John Beard, Raewyne, 1997 (1998/21/11).
See Raewyne’s selections on our Explore the Collection ‘My Choice Exhibition Series’ highlight here