TRANSITION: Indigenous artist Kim Warcon has transferred his skills from canvas to clay for Through the Porthole next month in Yeppoon.
TRANSITION: Indigenous artist Kim Warcon has transferred his skills from canvas to clay for Through the Porthole next month in Yeppoon. Contributed

Ocean at heart of Animating Spaces Yeppoon project

From The Capricorn Coast Mirror

 

AS AN ocean-loving artist, Renton Bishopric is thrilled to be co-ordinating a public art project with a coastal theme in his home town as part of Animating Spaces Yeppoon: Changing Tides.

Through the Porthole is an series of ceramic artworks showcasing the pristine beauty of Keppel Bay's coastline in porthole-like vistas.

Mr Bishopric's idea has evolved over the past few months and has involved local photographers and community workshops, allowing students to create their own works.

Mr Bishopric invited local indigenous artist Kim Warcon to work alongside him as a second key artist on the ceramic works.

Mr Warcon was excited to explore the possibilities of clay and his traditional styles have added diversity to the works and created further opportunity for workshops.

His preferred medium is acrylic on canvas but he said he had enjoyed the challenges of working with clay and found he could relate his style of art and storytelling easily with the medium.

He began painting for his own healing in art circles more than 15 years ago.

His inspiration for the artworks in this project came from his deep connection to the landscape and ocean.

Mr Warcon has been working with students at St Brendan's College with an aim to inspire the students to connect to the landscape and be proud of their community.

"As an artist with disability myself, in the future I hope to develop programs for people with disability and disadvantage to help build self-esteem and healing through art," he said.

The public is invited to Beaman Park, Yeppoon, to join the two artists in taking a look Through the Porthole on Saturday, July 12, from 1-5pm.



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