Floating Land Archive Site 2021


Rosie Lloyd-Giblett, Helena Jackson Lloyd and Yanni Van Zijl

Homage sees three artists collaborate with the elements to bring a painterly performance in response to and reflective of place. This project presents a sensory capture of essence of place. Nature as choreographer sets the tone – the artists and their work are purely a visual expression of that. What begins as an inward response becomes the outer reflection of the creative process as the artists express their responses on an ever moving canvas, eventually disappearing themselves to become one within the landscape.

Rosie Lloyd-Giblett has worked as an artist and art educator across many landscapes. Her childhood was spent in the open spaces of western Queensland. After completing a Fine Arts degree in painting (1990) and a Graduate Diploma in education (1993), she ventured into the world, teaching in southern Africa, the Northern Territory and Cape York. For the last twenty years she has been based on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, where her experience of place continues to inspire her art practice.

Her abstract paintings and drawings express a subtropical natural environment. She works primarily en plein air, using often calligraphic marks, depth of shadow and varied surfaces to evoke the felt energy within subtle seasonal variations of her local landscape. Her ambition is to entice viewers of her works to “smell the foliage, view the colour pathway, and understand the tune of the natural world”.

Since 2000 Lloyd-Giblett has exhibited her work all over Australia, including a solo exhibition at Noosa Regional Gallery (2020), at Sydney Paper Contemporary (2021, 2020, 2019), and in national art prizes. Notably she won the prestigious Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize, Noosa (2016) and is a multiple finalist in prizes in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Her work has been acquired by the Noosa Regional Gallery and private collections throughout Australia.

Helena Jackson-Lloyd’s work references the natural environment, both the seen and the unseen. Her focus is on wildscapes where she looks for the natural energy forces, rhythms, and patterns in the landscape that weave a wild place. Working en plein air is an important part of her process, where she forms a deep connection with the landscape. Combined with her memories and sensations of place, this informs her spontaneous and energetic large mixed media paintings which she continues in the studio. Her honesty in observation and ability to intuitively survey and map what she sees and feels is an important part of creating her work. Through discerning addition and subtraction, she builds her distinctive works – alive with the energy and life-force of her subject.

Jackson-Lloyd has held numerous solo exhibitions and exhibited in multiple group shows, both locally and interstate. She has been selected as a finalist in numerous prestigious art awards including the Milburn Art Prize 2021, John Leslie Art Prize (2020), NSW Parliament Plein Air Art Prize (2016,2017), Georges River Art Prize (2017), SCAP, and the Stan and Maureen Duke Art Prize. She was the recipient of the 2019 Du Reitz Art Award. Her work is held in numerous art collections and was most recently acquired for the Redland Art Gallery Collection.

Yanni Van Zijl is synonymous with environmental activism through art. She creates experiences or works about humankind and our accountability for the environment. A multidisciplinary artist, she explores the human experience and the environmental accountability between human actions and the consequential impacts that follow. Ephemeral, ceramic, film and video, recycled and repurposed, everything becomes an opportunity for expression. Van Zijl, sits at the intersection between art and environmental issues through sculpture, installation, film and performance.

“Sadly there is no shortage of material to make work regarding humans impact on the planet. Nature offers wonder, excitement, beauty and intellect. How can I not make work in defence of preserving what in essence preserves us?”

Yanni has held solo exhibitions, created large scale installations at SWELL and Ephemera, Horizon and Woodford, has won several awards at Sculpture on the Edge and currently has a video touring with Flying Arts through regional Queensland.