PERCEPTION: Leigh Schoenheimer's exhibit opens at the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery today.
PERCEPTION: Leigh Schoenheimer's exhibit opens at the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery today. Contributed

Multi-faceted exhibit opens

AN exhibition opening today at the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery has a variety of exciting and diverse works to see.

One being Leigh Schoenheimer's Perceive | Conceive (Expanded), which takes serious themes and presents them in aesthetically 'sweet' packages.

"She aims to draw the viewer into the work via seductive colours and forms before they come to realise the deeper implications of the content,” SRAG director Mary Findlay said.

"Recent bodies of work involve the conceptual exploration of themes via multi-panelled oil paintings, which are designed to be read like storyboards.”

Leigh Schoenheimer is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Brisbane. A painter, sculptor and jewellery-maker, her work investigates notions of perception and meaning.

Her ongoing environmental concerns often inform both her subject matter and choice of materials.

Spanning many decades Schoenheimer's art practice has been mostly conducted in concert with her employment in schools. Since 2014 its pace has accelerated with her retirement from teaching.

She has credited the luminary Betty Churcher (1931-2015) with her own aesthetic awakening, and the central importance that art has subsequently taken in her profession and her life, remembering that "my eye and brain opened when I was 18 years old and studied cubism with Betty”.

She also grew up with art - her mother Joy Schoenheimer was an artist and founding member of Brisbane's Institute of Modern Art.

"Schoenheimer's artwork in all disciplines has been short-listed in an array of art prizes and exhibited both locally and internationally,” Mary said.

"The works presented in Perceive | Conceive (Expanded) are underpinned by an investigation of 'perception', where she sets up a dialogue between seeing and knowing a subject.

"This is achieved by referencing the imagery and styles of the many 20th century artists who re-wrote the rule-book on image making, after the invention of photography in the mid 1800's.

"Through this work Schoenheimer poses the questions about what it is to make 'pictures'.”

The exhibition will run from January 11-18 and Leigh will also conduct a floor talk on Saturday, January 13 from 10am at the gallery.

For more information contact 4681 1874.

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