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Naga Spirit One Naga Spirit Two Naga Spirit Three Naga Spirit Four

Kundalini Series Naga Spirit I - IV
Mixed Media on Paper
50cm(h) x 35cm(w) each
POA

Tania was invited to join an exclusive group of 14 Australian Artists together with 14 Korean Artists on an International Creative Cultural Exchange between South Korea and Australia. In January, Korean artists stayed and exhibited in Australia with the Australian Artists at the Gold Coast Council Chambers. In June, Australian Artists stayed with Korean Artists exhibiting at the Hundai Cultural Centre Gallery, Ulsan, South Korea. Tania exhibited the 'Kundalini - Naga Spirit' paintings that have as their foundation one of the oldest motifs on earth, the serpent. These textural and earthly warm images honour the feminine and are composed of natural earthy materials linked with purification and utilised in ceremony.

Writing forwards for the ICC Catalogue are the Presidents of the ICC Exchange and the Korean Hyundai Arts Centre, John Walsh Gold Coast City Gallery Manager, Mike Rayner Tweed Shire Council General Manager and Mayor of the Gold Coast Ron Clarke who will open the exhibition with Stephanie Britton Editor of Artlink Magazine.

The Weekly ‘Artists Link with Oz Earth - The Chosen One ’ January 2007
'Three artists from the Tweed and Northern Rivers areas are included in 14 chosen as part of a cultural art exchange programme with Korea...Among the regional trio is artist Tania Summerell...She said, It has been an overwhelming, joyful experience to meet such creative, kindred souls. The project appears to be an extension and natural evolution of my artistic, traditional and spiritual interests in worldwide cultures...A visit to Tania's studio in Murwillumbah illustrates her rich, earthy and sometimes sensuous art works.'

Tweed Sun ‘Tania's Talent on the Asian Stage ’June 2007
'An exhibition in the Tweed two years ago has led to a local artist participating in a major international art and cultural exchange...The artists stayed in our homes and we shared mediums and some of the special places that inspired us. The fact that Tania works in many mediums came as something of a surprise to the artists who stayed, traditional fan painter Cha Im Shim and leading calligraphy painter Hyun Nam Cho...Tania will be taking works with her that include the Kundalini Naga Series...and the Kamala series, dedicated to Love and using homemade pastels in saffron and amber tones.'

The January ICC Exchange Exhibition was a vibrant success with a great number of people attending the opening with guest speakers Maddie Hodge of the Yugumbeh clan giving a strong welcome to country, Stephanie Britton Editor of Artlink Magazine discussing Art and artists as bridges for cultural understanding, the Mayor of the Gold Coast Ron Clarke, Gary Corbett representing the Tweed Regional Gallery and the two presidents Lainie Cooper and Chang Han Kim all giving informative discussions and warm congratulations to artists and all who assisted in making this event such a flourishing and rewarding experience.
Some artists were available at the space during the proceeding weeks to meet visitors such as Cultural Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy Li Hong, the Dean of the Australian International College of Art Ruth Grosser, Chair of RADF Tony Kunz and various well known collectors and directors of private galleries.

The June ICC Exchange Exhibition at the Korean Hyundai Arts centre was a tribute to cultural diversity and the willingness to share our differences, with hospitality and generosity unprecedented. Opened by the Director of the Hundai Cultural Centre Gallery Gwon, Tae-Soon, the Mayor of Dong-gu Jeong, Cheon-Seok, the two ICC Presidents and a sensational and elegant Traditional Korean Dance Troupe who performed three stunning displays. Some of the Australian Artists participated in traditional Korean painting and pottery workshops, lectures and all were involved in extensive touring of the area.

Press Release

Korean Lotus Kyongbok Palace Spirit Houses

'Korean Lotus'
Mixed Media
13.5(h) x 20cm(w)
POA

'Kyongbok Palace'
Mixed Media
20cm(h) x 13.5(w)
POA

'Spirit Houses'
Mixed Media
13.5(h) x 20cm(w)
POA

The December ICC Exchange Exhibition was a distinct expose of Fine Art works by ICC visual artists, sponsored and hosted by the Tweed Shire Coolamon Cultural Centre and officially opened by Max Boyd AM Administrator Tweed Shire Council and Chairperson Community Cultural Development Advisory Committee and Lesley Buckley, Tweed Shire Council Cultural Development Officer.

Tania said 'The 3rd ICC Exhibition provides a glimpse into the many faceted expressions each artist has had during this project and their visual communicative approaches in sharing this with the wider community in order to document their experiences of cultural, traditional, spiritual and geographical stimulus they absorbed during their association with the 2007 ICC Project.

Tania's work conveys how an artist can contribute individually to inform the viewing community about the treasured wonders and complex varigatedness of another place and culture such as Korea. The ‘Kyongbok Palace’ built in 1394 for the First Royal family of the Chosen Dynasty, was burnt to the ground in 1592 and reconstructed in 1867. The Palace is the centre of Seoul and known as the ‘Palace of Shining Happiness’ appearing to the artist as a symbol of Korea’s resilience and determination. ‘Korean Lotus’ is highly venerated and used in traditional ceremonies, eaten as a delicacy and used medicinally. Lotus designs are found everywhere and symbolise beauty, purity, compassion and wisdom and is one of the artists favourite motifs, bridging spirituality, language, culture and tradition on a global scale. 'Spirit Houses' are found throughout Asia as homes for ancestors and effigies of dieties that the community honour and connect with spiritually for guidance and protection. The pink Korean cherry blossoms are particularly spactacular and adorn the landscape with an abundance of colour and profusion of scent.

International Exchange - Korea/Australia

Exchange One Exchange Two Exchange Three
Exchange Four Exchange Five Exchange Six

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