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STRUTT SISTERS
Group Exhibition

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As one of Australia's most successful female art collaborations, twins Catherine and Jennifer Strutt, better known as the Strutt Sisters, have proven to be victorious in more than one arena. Working as artists, jewellery designers and musicians, their iconic Strutt style seamlessly crosses these creative boundaries to produce a revealing insight into their close relationship and eclectic vision.

 

 

It is through the most impressionable characteristic of their work, colour, that their shared experience of synesthesia is undeniably revealed. Their condition becomes catalyst for their generous use of colours, patterns and characters that converge in the sisters' heavily visual works each driven to completion by the right mix of aesthetics. "Our work is seventy per cent organic and thirty per cent ideas" This logic pushes the sisters to keep working until the very end. "It allows us to push the works until they are successful."

Formal constructions of mixed media including fabric, paper, resin, wood, aluminium and paint are assembled in dioramic style and a certain theatrical flare. Each work is essentially a stage - a freestanding world inhabited by its own characters presenting one fragment of a story that holds an intrinsic place within these open forms.

 

A certain type of nostalgia emanates from each surface as old photos; fabrics and patterns reemerge from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. As expected the colours from these eras hold importance to their works. "From the 1930s to 1950s there is no blending involved. From the 60s onwards the colours are not as honest."

Salvaged magazines, reprints of fabrics and patterns are then revived through new stories inspired by songs, old tales, people and places.

 

 

 

Catherine admits that at first their collaborative effort was a difficult process as sisters. "There is a lot of back and forth between us... The work is not finished until we are both happy with it" From an initial sketch Jennifer concentrates on aesthetics, finding magazines patterns etc while Catherine draws it up - figuring out how the works will physically hang, working with rivets and tin and cutting out main shapes and sanding the wood. Aptly, Catherine describes each of their contributions as being essential to the other; " The works wouldn't look any good with out Jennifer and would fall apart with out me", she laughs.

The exhibition comprises of their two styles, diorama and grid, from various past collections and exhibits one of the only times the sisters have integrated their own painting in the work 'Over and Out'.

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Sweet Betsey From Pike

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Dance at Silver Valley

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The Legend of Boastful Bill

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Thy Breath is like the Steame of Apple Pyes

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A Fair Lady Of The Plains

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Dixieland

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Forest Home

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Garden

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Religion

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San Antonio Rose

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Tall Men Riding

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The Yellow Roses of Texas

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Western Guitar