Lidth`s Jay, Kyoko Imazu
The exhibition on show downstairs is entitled ’The Bird Room’. It is the work of two young printmakers Bridget Farmer and Kyoko Imazu. who have collaborated to create etchings, aquatints and mixed media works depicting birds - finches, starlings, Lidth Jays etc.
Both artists were born overseas, Bridget in UK and Kyoko in Japan. Both completed post –graduate studies at RMIT in Melbourne. Both share a love of nature and each admires the other’s work.
Although their bird subjects are similar, their way of depicting them are quite different. Bridget’s etchings are spontaneous, loose, and vibrant with interwoven, incised lines suggesting flight. Subtle colours are applied using a la poupee technique.
A master printer, Kyoko’s etchings and aquatints have a velvety quality with exquisite detail, tonal realism and a studied atmosphere. Her birds sit amidst branches and twigs and appear to belong in their environment.