by Cultural Flannerie, blog post, June 14, 2016
“I am eternally jealous of anyone who experienced an English upbringing. As a kid, I had an intense love of all things Enid Blyton, and was desperate for my Gold Coast childhood to feature more enchanted forests and misty cliffs. I mean, the beach is pretty and all, but who doesn’t want a Magic Faraway Tree in their neighbourhood?
Sunshine Coast artist Amica Whincop knows exactly what I mean. Having grown up along the rugged coastline of the Isle of Wight, she became fascinated early on by the beauty and fragility of the wildlife and ecosystems that surrounded her. Made up of soft cliffs, sea ledges and pebbled banks, her home county was a site of diverse wildlife and world protected landscapes that inspired the environmental awareness now evident in her work. Global travel and emigration to Australia only heightened this connection, with each new vista providing unique inspiration for an art practice as organic and spontaneous as the environment itself.
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Amica’s work can be seen as part of The Ambience Store Project until 27 June 2016.