Pulling together the family threads in art

FAMILY SHOW: Ballarat photographer Scott Fredericks with his mother, mosaic artist Pam Fredericks, and aunt, fibre artist Joan Asmussen. Picture: Kate Healy

“THIS is lovely,” Pam Fredericks said, looking around a full room of people appreciating the full bodies of work she has pieced together with her son and sister.

Next of Kindraws together Ms Fredericks’ bright, botanical mosaic artwith her son Scott Fredericks’ structured photography and her sister Joan Asmussen’s fibre art from nature and plant material. They opened their exhibition at Backspace Gallery in Camp Street on Saturday.

The trio is thrilled to have teamed up their creativity.

Ms Fredericks, an art teacher, said her artistic outlook was encouraged as a young child, alongside her sister. Their work is inspired by their mother.

“Our mum loved nature when we were children in the 1950s, in a time when most other mothers didn’t love nature,” Ms Fredericks said.“Mum was into nature, the environment and she was a minimalist, our house was never cluttered with things but there would be simple beauty always around.”

Ms Fredericks offered her own children a rich, creative upbringing filled with good quality materials at their disposal. Scott has also worked in commercial sculpture, one of his brothers is a furniture and drum maker, the other a chef.

This is Ms Asmussen’s first exhibition. A member of Basket Makers of Victoria, Ms Asmussen started her art in its traditional style then developed into random weaving, wrapping and free-form. Her brightly coloured and textured work with gourds has correlations to her sister’s mosaics.

“I admire Scott and Pam’s work so much and I’m just thrilled to be a part of it,” Ms Asmussen said. “They’ve always encouraged me and now I’m here.”

Scott Fredericks has been seriously showing his work since the start of the year, including Ballarat International Foto Biennale. He said this exhibition offered a chance to pay homage to his upbringing and his creative exposure.

While Mr Fredericks photographs a lot of people, a lot of portraits, his graphic work tends to always dominate his work on show.

“For me, I’m always excited to take a photo now of something temporary that looks solid, like it has and will always be there….I’m interested in line and structure, organisation. There’s a lot of childhood references with mum, a predominantly common thread of colour and graphic.”

The trio plan to reunite for an exhibition mid-next year in Wodonga, close to where Ms Fredericks and Ms Asmussen live.Mr Fredericks is based in Ballarat.

Next of Kinis Backspace Gallery’s final exhibitionfor 2015. It will be shown until December 20 with the gallery open Thursday to Sunday.

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