Sybille Schlumbom a.k.a. billadonna
- Member for
- 9 years 6 months
I always wanted to be an alien life form designer.
But that is another story and will be told in another time at another place.
I am, and always will be: passionate about storytelling, in words and visuals. While I work in a range of media to fit the project at hand, I am a painter and graphic artist at heart and by training. My passion for woodcut, and recently mokuhanga/ Japanese water based woodcut will see me going the Lake Kawaguchi artist in residence programme at at the Mokuhanga Innovation Labratory in September 2018.
Print is a fantastice playground for the mind. It is defined by negative space. The image is determined by what is taken and what is left to the same degree.
An allegory to life. We want to belong, but what defines us, our life, our persona, is absence and loss as much as presence- of a friend , partner, family, familiar surroundings, language, peace of mind, sky above, earth below.
Is negative space the defining feature of the 21 century? And can we turn that into a positive, by using the absence to create presence that has clearly defined boundaries, strong contrast, shadows and light? And are we still talking about art here, or life, or art, or death?
Starting out as a study in pencil, the works move on to what the line is and can do.
The White Cube abstracts nature by means of presentation and, in reverse, questions the sealed space of a 'white space' gallery
Between the worlds was an exploration the grey zone that surrounds transitional areas between countries, cultures, genders, life and death.
'Lost and found' is the result of a visit to the past, a collection of artistic residue that seems to stick to artists' cupboards, attics and the dark corners of the studio
Birdbrain - Dislocation is a Place. An exhibition featuring Stuart Bridson, Carole Driver, Sylvia Sinel and Shaun Tan. Curated by Sybille Schlumbom
Place in Case, White Nights Parnell by billadonna+salt
Billadonna's Wunderkammer, Rock Drawing Edition
Strike- an exhibition of matchbox art for Amnesty International
Inside the Rabbit Hole – Billadonna and Faith Tavernor
Billadonna's Wunderkammer Flying Fish Edition: theRock drawings.Part of "Summer:Utopia into Dystopia" at the Sculpture Park
Wunderkammer Flying fish edition, an installation now showing on the car park wall next to the Waikato Museum, Hamilton