Exhibition encourages the imagination

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Heather Sarin with one of her exhibition pieces Such a Magical Place.

By Mick Jensen

Artist Heather Sarin is encouraging the public to use their imaginations and to take inspiration from her latest exhibition, Forever Young, which opens at Ashburton Art Gallery on Sunday.

Her exhibition features more than 30 abstract works that include paintings, drawings and six works on linen.

All have been completed over the last year by the formally trained artist, who has focused on colour, line and shape.

Subjects in the works include birds, elephants, butterflies, rabbits and deer.

“The title of the exhibition alludes to the fact that as children we have more freedom of expression with our imaginations, but as well get older we gain responsibilities, change our perspectives and tend to restrict our imaginations,” Mrs Sarin said.

She said it was important for everybody, regardless of age or if they were an artist, to use their imaginations more and in a fulfilling way.

“In my drawings, for example, there are a number of animal interactions and, although I’ve put my title on them, I invite the viewer to come up with the interpretation of what the work means to them.”

One very large artwork in the exhibition measures 1.5m x 1m and features a number of butterflies.

Mrs Sarin is running a competition in conjunction with her exhibition and is asking how many butterflies can be seen in the painting. Eight of her prints will be give away as prizes.

Forever Young opens with an artist talk at 2pm on Sunday and runs until March 4.