Translating vintage op shop treasures through my work constructs my imagined family history. As a migrant child, these are the everyday “Kitchenalia” I dream belonged in my Grandmothers’ and Great Aunts’ kitchens. Memory, love, loss. Each object feels like an homage to my unknown elders.
Whilst making this series I discovered that my mother actually has some glass pieces that were her mothers, grandmothers and aunts. It wasn’t imagined after all.
More recently, friends have been sharing their special pieces and associated memories of their loved ones, which I now incorporate into the titles.
The Boulevard @ Montsalvat, August 2 - October 29
Sharron Okines completed her Diploma of Visual Arts at Chisholm Frankston in 2010 with High Distinctions, where she was seduced by traditional printmaking methods and oil painting.
She was awarded the Printmaking Encouragement Award by Chisholm and selected as a finalist for the Mary and Lou Senini Student Award for Printmaking & Painting 2010 at McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park.
Since graduating, Sharron has held eighteem solo shows, been a selected artist for numerous group shows and awarded prizes for her prints, drawings and paintings.
In 2018 she was a finalist in the International Print Centre New York 2018/Winter show. 2017, the noted Geelong Print Prize and Best in Show for Art at the Melbourne Royal Show, the Rick Amor Print Prize 2015, Silk Cut Award for Linocut Prints 2014 and 2011, Inkmasters Print Exhibition 2014 and 2012, She Exhibition 2013, Clifton’s Art Prize Melbourne 2012 and St Michael’s Archangel Prize and Exhibition 2011 and a finalist in the International Print Centre New York 42nd Summer Exhibition. Okines was invited to participate in the Imaginings, Beautiful Soup, Beastarium and Magical Folio Exchange and Exhibitions, curated by Rona Green and was a recipient of a City of Melbourne Arts Grant.