Art mimics life in film shoot at Katoomba gallery

New exhibition: Detail from Insect Girl by Jan Melville.

New exhibition: Detail from Insect Girl by Jan Melville.

The exhibition opening of Jan Melville’s Wings for Flight at Platform Gallery will be a case of art mimicking life, with a film shoot taking place during the opening.

Director Michael Joy’s latest feature film includes a character who is a curator, and Gamillaroi actor and artist Elly Chatfield will take over ceremonial duties during the exhibition opening as part of a scene for the film. Smoke Between Trees features largely Blue Mountains cast and crew and is being filmed locally.

Platform Gallery curator Kelly Heylen said: “I’m so excited to be combining two of the Blue Mountains’ best loved creative pursuits – art and filmmaking. Jan’s exhibition of powerful goddesses and winged creatures, who are guardians of the landscape, lends itself beautifully to Michael’s film, set in our dreamy, misty Blue Mountains landscape.”

Members of the public are invited to attend the exhibition opening at 2pm on Saturday, September 22, where they can see Melville’s work and be extras in the film shoot. Melville will also run a printmaking workshop on October 6, where participants will learn how to make a carved lino print.

Wings for Flight features lino cut prints, mixed media and assemblage, as well as printed cockatoo feathers, a woman’s flight helmet and a fertility totem featuring two winged goddesses.

“These goddesses and winged creatures come to me as stories and act as guardians,” said Melville. 

These goddesses and winged creatures come to me as stories and act as guardians.

Jan Melville

Bookings for the printmaking workshop can be made at the gallery or at www.platformgallery.co.

Feathered deity

Feathered deity

Dragonfly dress

Dragonfly dress