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Looking for the Leviny Women of Buda
An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until 2 December, 2016
An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Saturday, repeating until 3 December, 2016
22 November – 3 December 2016
Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 12pm to 4pm
…a rich contemplative view of curious female ‘makers’.
Buda Historic Home and Garden in Castlemaine, like a good piece of art, rewards our greater attention. The more time you spend the greater the appreciation of the complexities of two generations of the Leviny family who lived there from 1863 to 1981.
This exhibition, Looking for the Leviny Women of Buda responds particularly to narratives around the fascinating women of the family. Five of the six daughters never married or raised children and therefore had a greater freedom than usual to pursue their creative interests. These women were curious and intelligent makers.
From the rich archives of Buda (pronounced ‘Bewda’) Catherine Pilgrim has explored stories of creative ambition, intrepid travel, involvement in establishing a regional art gallery, cancelled weddings, fractious relationships and more. Through drawing and lithography, Catherine Pilgrim has explored these stories and the relative freedom the women apparently enjoyed.
Yet the stories are also incomplete. Works in the exhibition also refer to the inability to accurately read the history through a contemporary lens. Everything is an interpretation and /or incomplete. Works created for this exhibition have never aimed at absolute veracity, but are rather one individual’s moment of understanding from the vantage point of a constantly shifting contemporary world.
‘Looking’ in the title also refers to the observational nature of representational drawing that is at the core of the imagery presented. Drawing is by its very nature an exploratory process, ideal for the slow and contemplative greater attention that Buda deserves.
Installation images by Tim Gresham
Meticulous, considered drawing is the basis for Catherine Pilgrim’s practice including lithographs, drawings and textiles – fastidious attention to detail is the work’s common element, fueled by an intelligent curiosity. Personal narratives influence many of the images.
Catherine has exhibited widely since 1994, when she returned to Australia after studying lithography and drawing in Washington DC, USA. In 2011, Pilgrim completed her Master of Fine Art (Research) at Monash University, Melbourne. Her research was based on the subjective process of capture, which occurs in making a representational image.
Catherine has won a number of awards for her intricate works on paper including the Australian Print Workshop Collie Trust Award and the Works on Paper, Warwick Non-Acquisitive Art Award.
In 2014, Catherine was Artist in Residence at Buda Historic Home and Garden, in Castlemaine, researching the Leviny family history in preparation for a project exhibition at the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historic Museum in February 2015.
Catherine Pilgrim’s artworks are held in public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Geelong Regional Art Gallery, National Australia Bank and Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum.
© The Artist 2016