From the ordinary to the divine, artist explores love on pilgrimage

'Love on Camino', an exhibition of collagraph prints, will be held at the Little Blowhole Art Bar from June 5 to June 30.

The exhibition explores love against the backdrop of the Camino - the pilgrimage pathways to the shrine of the apostle St James in north-western Spain.

Kiama Artist Machteld Hali said the work was inspired by the way mundane routines and images can reveal a deeper spiritual significance.

"The work is a set of 18 related, A3 sized sepia collagraph prints incorporating poetic text and repeated patterns," she said.

Machteld Hali with some of her works in 2018.

Machteld Hali with some of her works in 2018.

"It captures precious moments such as a woman hanging out washing, lovers in a tumbling down loft, a poem found on a post in a bar in the Alsa bus station.

"As The Way strips the metaphorical journey of life of all its contemporary clutter, so the work focuses on the mere bones of the image, the microcosm of symbolic detail, such as the shell, the symbol of the Walk, often revealing the macrocosm."

The exhibition will be opened by Jamie Cole, artist and curator, on Thursday, June 6 at 5.30 pm.

It will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5pm-9pm; Fridays and Saturdays from 12pm-3pm, then 5pm-10pm; and Sundays from 12pm-6pm.

Some of the images may be inappropriate for children.

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