Friday, August 31, 2012

Local profile - Jacqueline Gwynne

Besides birds, I have a thing for elephants and I'm not the only one.  There are currently 50 fibreglass models of baby elephant Mali on show in the city to celebrate the zoo's 150th birthday.  A select group of artists were chosen to paint the sculptures with each one to be auctioned off for charity.  It's nice to know a local artist from Heidelberg was one of the chosen few...
Name: Jacqueline Gwynne
Occupation: Artist / Illustrator
Lives/works: Heidelberg
How long have you lived/worked here?: 1 year

Describe  yourself/what you do:
I'm a contemporary artist and illustrator working in pop art style.  I was recently involved in the Mali in the City public art project celebrating Melbourne Zoo's 150th birthday.  Mali is the baby elephant that was born at Melbourne Zoo, the first to be born in Australia.
My design was inspired by 'Composite Elephant' designs from 18th century Persia.  All of the animals pictured in my design are endangered or threatened species.  It relates to the interconnectedness of every living being in the universe.
My Mali entitled 'Neo-Composite' is sponsored by the Sofitel Hotel and can be found out the front of the hotel from now until 21 September.  From 21 September to 25 October, all Mali's will be on site at Melbourne Zoo.  On 25 October, an auction will be held at the Zoo to raise money to support local and international conservation projects and save endangered animals.

Best thing(s) about living/working in Melbourne's north-east:
Close to city but nice and quiet.  The surrounding environment is lush and green with beautiful walking tracks.

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