Fiona Kennedy Altoft
1993 Graduate Diploma of Education.
Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Australia.
1990-1992 Bachelor of Arts – Visual Arts
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.
2013 “In Search of Reverie “ Noosa Regional Art Gallery , Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
2011 Gold Coast Regional Art Gallery “Offspring”
Retrospect Gallery, Broadbeach, Gold Coast”Frocks, Feathers, Fur”
2009 Frances Keevil, Sydney Art Fair 09 October
@ the Bar, Chiang Mai, Thailand, September
19 Karen Art Space June “Jocular”
Recent Art prizes and Awards
2012-13 Finalist Clayton Utz Art Prize
2012 Finalist Wilson Art Prize
Finalist Gainborough Greens Art Award
2011 Finalist Flying Arts Regional Art prize
Finalist Sunshine Coast Art prize
Finalist Prometheus art prize
2010 Finalist Calleen Art Award, Cowra Regional Art Gallery
Finalist Cricket Art prize, On tour throughout Australia
Finalist Caldera Art prize, Northern Rivers Regional Art Gallery, Ballina
Kennedy-Altoft’s works explores the aspects of human behavior that compare to animals this is done through the use of anthropomorphized hybrids.
In her multiple roles, of artist, wife, mother, teacher, ‘domestic goddess’ and daughter, she feel that it can get all too much, And longs for time to slow down, Her paintings comment on the multifaceted world of the modern woman; how complex it is and how she deals with her‘search for joy’
“:The hybrid magpie paintings were my initial reminiscences of growing up in the small town of Roma, Qld. Despite my love of the ‘Maggie’s warbling cries, which always made me feel at home and of course Australian, they also terrified me.
With further research Kennedy-Altoft was fascinated by this protective instinct that was so innately linked to the mothering of their young. In a bizarre Freudian moment she realized that they reflected the same stage of life that she was going through. “My worst fear epitomized my greatest joy”. Subsequently, her concepts evolved to a more nurturing, domesticated hybrid.” I discovered that the iconic images of these native birds provided an amusing and satirical means by which others could sympathize with the daily grind as well as joys of motherhood, and identify with the experiences of every woman
“The ‘cuppa’ has become a ritual of reverie; my sanctuary. It is my break, at the end of my day. Sipping a hot beverage allows one to gain contemplative slowness and it has become a fundamental ritual for many women”. She explores the ideas that a cuppa is a time for conversations to emerge with the people she cares for; my husband: to catch up on the day; my workmates: to connect socially and with my friends: to actually make time to see each other. In an age when we text, tweet, email, or post status updates, she believe it has become more important to stop and reflect, relate and communicate .’For me it is over a ‘cuppa’. We need to make that effort every day “
You can view and purchase Fiona’s work at http://www.fionakennedyaltoft.com/
Find here on Facebook At https://www.facebook.com/kennedyaltoft?ref=hl
or visit her upcoming exhibition at Noosa Regional Gallery Wednesday 11 December to Sunday 19 January
No bookings required
Noosa Regional Gallery Official Opening will be Sunday 15 December, 11.00 am