Greenbank teen’s art exhibition tackles personal fears

Greenbank teen’s art exhibition tackles personal fears

18-year-old Greenbank artist Taijha Utner will deliver her first solo exhibition in the Young Peoples Gallery at the Logan Art Gallery from October 22 to November 27, 2021.

The former Park Ridge State High School student created a series of paintings based on the theme of personal fears.

Taijha’s artworks expressed some of her own personal fears through creativity and humour.

“I decided to go with a more whimsical idea of fear so it’s not terrifying when you look at the artwork,” she said.

“The reason why is because I want people to see fears that we might have every day, like social phobias.

 “I want them to see that we live with that every day, and that sometimes it can control how we act and behave – so taking a funny stance on it is kind of like mocking our fears.”

18-year-old Greenbank artist Taijha Utner will deliver her first solo exhibition in the Young Peoples Gallery at the Logan Art Gallery from October 22 to November 27, 2021.

Taijha’s art was made up of painted foam clay in a group of acrylic paintings with three-dimensional elements.

Her chosen theme of personal fears was inspired by a recent family experience.

“One of my absolute favourite ones, and the one that pretty much inspired all my others, is called Sands of Time – so the fear of time or death,” she said.

“It was inspired by my late uncle, who helped me realise how much fear I had towards all that stuff.

“I created this work, and it’s one of my favourite pieces I have ever done.”

18-year-old Greenbank artist Taijha Utner will deliver her first solo exhibition in the Young Peoples Gallery at the Logan Art Gallery from October 22 to November 27, 2021.
Taijha’s Sands of Time artwork was the inspiration for her other exhibition pieces.

Taijha was chosen for a Logan Art Gallery mentorship from the young artists who were part of the 2020 annual Artwaves: Logan and adjacent areas secondary schools art exhibition.

She was mentored by the gallery over the past year to develop her The Ripple Effect: out of Artwaves exhibition.

“They select one artist every year,” Taijha said.

As part of the mentorship program in preparation for the exhibition, Taijha presented ideas and samples of her art for feedback.

“They pretty much mentored me on what I should do for my first solo exhibition,” she said.

“Yesterday I went to the gallery and I helped install all the works for it.”

Eight of Taijha’s artworks will be displayed at the exhibition, and the gallery will be open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday with free entry for all visitors.