Alena Kennedy
Visual Artist

View 2011 journey Gallery
View 2011 journey Small Paintings Gallery
View 2012 journey Gallery
View 2012 journey Small Paintings Gallery


journey Series
2011 and 2012

These paintings record some of my impressions of the natural world as I visit places in Australia with my husband Oliver. The highlight of this ongoing experience has been a 7 months journey by motorcycle of mainland Australia in 2009. I am including paintings of a similar nature which are informed by the area in which I live.

Colours, patterns and designs of nature inspire inquiry into mysteries of our universe and of the fractal nature of growth. I am intrigued by the diversity of life all around me: how it adapts to the environment, interacts, and by the beauty and efficiency of its design. I feel the vitality of the living heart of the earth and its inhabitants. Space, light and shadow and glimmers of unexpected detail are imprinted in my memory.

Space around a plant defines it as much as its shape does. Similarly, two objects side by side accentuate each other’s character. They have a presence, a life force, and I feel that we are all connected. I attempt to convey some of this experience which I felt, and feel every day when I am not too busy or distracted to notice.

2011: journey and the space between, Project Contemporary Artspace, Wollongong, NSW (solo)
Local: Current, Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong, NSW
Line of Sight IAVA Exhibition, Project Contemporary Artspace, Wollongong, NSW
2012: journey and the space between - 2, Project Contemporary Artspace, Wollongong, NSW (solo)
Transformation, Nan Tien Institute Art Gallery, Nan Tien Temple, Berkeley, NSW
Unfolding, Nan Tien Institute Art Gallery, Nan Tien Temple, Berkeley, NSW
IAVA 'A New View', The Hanging Space Art Gallery, Woonona, NSW
SICA Exhibition, 72 Erskine Street Gallery, Sydney, NSW