In 2015, whilst attending the Summer Painting Intensive at the School of Visual Art in New York, an artist gave me his Aunt Bella’s wrap – it is a mink fur stole that his great aunt treasured. She lost both her sons in Auschwitz in WWII and when she fled to the United States of America, this was the only item of value that she took with her. I feel incredibly grateful to have been entrusted with this piece of history and have hopefully breathed new life into it by the amount of times it has been incorporated into my paintings. I wanted to look at memory in these paintings and how that is contained in items we wear etc.
AUNT BELLA’S WRAP
About the Artist
Janice Gobey graduated from the University of Melbourne’s, Victorian College of the Arts with a Masters in Visual Art obtaining a 1st class honours.
She was selected as one of the artists for the Linden New Art Innovators program as well as curated exhibitions such as The f Word at Ararat Rural Gallery, Fixation at the Town Hall Gallery and the f Generation at George Paton Gallery.
Gobey was shortlisted for the Kennedy Art Prize, the Wyndham Art Prize, the Sunshine Coast Art Prize as well as the Toyota Community Spirit Sculpture Prize and has participated in numerous international residencies such as the NG Creative Art Residency in Provence, the Leipzig International Artist Programme in Germany, the London Summer Intensive, a joint residency between The Slade and Camden Arts Centre, ; Summer Painting Intensive at the School of Visual Arts, New York; Point B, New York and Takt, Berlin.
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