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7 December - 18 December

7 – 18 December 2021

Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 11am to 3pm
admission: Free

…depicting the Victorian southern coastline in the context of climate change and rising sea levels.

Roma McLaughlin (top), Lochard Gorge (detail), 2020, papercut Fabriano paper, 45 x 72cm; Kathy Fahey (bottom), Lochard Gorge (detail), 2020, acrylic on paper, 56 x 76cm

Kathy Fahey, Coastal series 5, 2020, collage, acrylic paint with acid free glue on Stonehenge paper, 38 x 28cm

Kathy Fahey, Lochard Gorge, 2020, acrylic paint on Stonehenge paper, 56 x 76 cm

Roma McLaughlin, Incoming Tide, 2020, acid free white Fabriano paper, 120gsm, 111 x 87 cm

Roma McLaughlin, Incoming Tide, 2020, acid free white Fabriano paper, 120gsm, 111 x 87 cm

Roma McLaughlin, Incoming Tide, 2020, acid free white Fabriano paper, 120gsm, 111 x 87 cm

Coastline by Roma McLaughlin and Kathy Fahey is an exhibition of papercuts, collages and paintings depicting the Victorian Southern Ocean.

The artists have travelled to this area and been inspired by the majesty of the monumental cliffs and rock formations along the coastline.

Since the dawn of time, waves have been crashing on beaches and cliffs, receding, and then like clockwork, returning to the shore again and again.

Kathy and Roma’s work depicts the energy and beauty unleashed by this natural phenomenon. Watching the pattern of the waves receding and returning is mesmerising and has always captured the human imagination. It inspires fear and awe, representing a force far greater than ourselves but a force of which we are a part. In a world where climate is changing and sea levels are rising, the beauty and ecology of this interconnected and biodiverse environment is under threat.

Kathy Fahey and Roma McLaughlin have been practising artists for over 30 years, exhibiting regularly in Australia and abroad. Their art has been acquired by public art collections in Australia. Kathy has undertaken artist residencies in Asia, Europe and Victoria.

Roma is a paper-cut artist. Her artwork has depicted Melbourne’s urban environment, but recently her focus is on Victorian seascapes. Using only paper and a scalpel, her pieces are concerned with patterning, shape, scale, light and shadow.

Kathy’s art practice includes collage and painting. It is painterly and expressive and deals with colour, surface and space. A major theme in her work is landscape and the natural world. Currently she is developing a body of work around seascapes.

In this collaborative exhibition Roma and Kathy catalogue the effects of our modern world on the coastal environment of the Southern Ocean of Victoria.


7 December
18 December
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45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Roma McLaughlin & Kathy Fahey
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