13 April - 24 April
13 – 24 April 2021
Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 11am to 3pm
…the constant repetition of a single process, in order to generate new but subtly different results.
Iteration can be described as the constant repetition of a single process, in order to generate new but subtly different results. Through continuous iteration and experimentation, Margaret Manchee uncovers new media, materials and insights as well as developing new techniques along the way – and these new discoveries then lead to further play. This creative process forms a continual cycle which is the recurring theme and motif in her work.
Iteration presents two series of Manchee’s recent work: etchings using Spirograph; and mixed-media paintings and collages.
A Spirograph novice, Manchee is captivated by the “skips & slips” created using Spirograph wheels and etching needles to draw on copper plates. These happy accidents may annoy Spirograph purists, but there is perfection in their imperfection. Manchee loosens up and abandons trying to get things “right”. In hindsight, this series of prints has captured the intensity and energy of the marks made on the plate, reflecting her state of mind and emotions during the recent months of lock-down in Melbourne.
This series of mixed-media paintings and collages presents an extension of Manchee’s printmaking practice. It started as an experiment to use the printmaking technique of “Chine Colle” with Japanese Kozo rice paper on a non-paper surface. Through the use of layers, she explores the interconnection between people’s lives and events in the world. As Michigan-based artist Nathaniel Whitcomb declares, “collage more closely mirrors reality than any other art form. To be alive is to construct, to selectively choose from an infinitum of objects and ideas, internalise, then reassemble into a new whole, a life. Living is collage”. 
 Nathaniel Whitcomb quoted in “The Age of Collage. Contemporary Collage in Modern Art” edited by Dennis Busch, Hendrik Hellige and Robert Klanten published by Gestalten Berlin 2013.
Margaret Manchee, Chartered Accountant, combines a career in accounting with a fine art practice. She was born in Hong Kong and moved to Australia in the late 1980s. Since graduating in Fine Art from the University of Melbourne – Victorian College of the Arts in 2008, Margaret has been an artist in residence and teacher at Firestation Print Studio in Melbourne.
Margaret creates copper etchings, paintings/collages and artist books. The recurring motif “circle” in her work came from Margaret’s Indonesian and Chinese heritage. She explains,
“With all my work, I am driven by the creative inspiration just as much as I thrive on the production process. Thinking through making, my techniques continue to evolve because I need to challenge myself; by pushing my own boundaries as well as testing the potential and limitation of my medium and materials.”
Her work has been the subject of three solo shows, and is included in several group exhibitions, international exchange projects, private collection and museum collection including the NGV and the NGA. Margaret has won a few awards and has been recently short-listed in 2021 Northern Beaches Library Artist’s Book Award. She will be part of Impact 11 International Multi-disciplinary Printmaking conference to be held in April 2021.