Marianne Courtenay + Bev Hogg
Food for Thought
plastic waste over a recycled wire armature and plastic string
Photo by Kelly Sturgiss
Bev Hogg was born in rural West Australia and grew up on a farm with space to breathe and space for creativity. She currently lives and works in Canberra, the bush capital of Australia.
Bev received a BA in Visual Arts from Australian National University, School of Art in 1989. She has exhibited sculptural ceramics and mixed media in Europe, Canada & America and widely across Australia. Her commitment to teaching and arts education has led to the completion of many public art and community art projects within the region.
Her work is represented in numerous public and private collections including The Parliament House, Artbank, Goulburn Regional Gallery and Canberra Museum and Gallery and the ACT Legislative Assembly.
Awards include residencies in the Australia Council studio in Barcelona, Spain; The Tree Museum, Ontario, Canada;Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, USA and a Creative Arts Fellowship in2006 from Arts ACT. She has won the Canberra Circle Visual Arts Award twice,The National Ceramic Award and the Doug Alexander Memorial Award.
Marianne lives in Braidwood between Canberra and the coast. Her creative practice encompasses drawing, mixed media, printmaking, and two and three-dimensional sculptural assemblage.
Marianne studied design at the National Art School, Sydney in the early 1960s and holds an Arts Degree in English and archaeology from the University of Sydney. In 1990 she completed a Printmaking Certificate with NSW TAFE.
Marianne has taught art at all levels from primary school to university and has also worked in both a professional and voluntary capacity in arts policy and administration. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally for most of her career.
Marianne’s work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Museum of Wales, the National Arboretum, Canberra, ACT, Orange Regional Gallery, Rockhampton Regional Art Gallery, the Central West Community College, Charles Sturt University and in private collections in Australia, the UK, Europe, the USA, and Japan.
Bev and Marianne met through their teaching and have collaborated since 2013 on sculptural and installation pieces based on their shared interest in the environment and working with natural and man-made found materials.
'Food for Thought’ up ends the Adam and Eve story of temptation. Here the human figures tempt the snake with ‘food’ from the modern world with all it’s implications. The work is made from plastic rubbish collected from around the lake and waste plastic from the building construction and retail industries.