(RE) EMERGING ARTIST PROFILE by Skye Leong
Maxine Stibbe joined the Brisbane art scene in the late 1980’s, and her passion for community arts, visual arts and Indigenous arts, has led her on a journey around the globe. I first met Maxine back in her twenties at the start of her arts career. The Honourable Matt Foley, the then Arts Minister, addressed the opening of her first solo exhibition at Fox Galleries in Brisbane.
Twenty years and a few kids later, Maxine is now living in on the Sunshine Coast, looking back on a diverse arts career spanning roles in art making, community arts development, set design and construction, poetry and performance. As a multi-platform artist, she works in paint, ceramics, stone, metal, photography, multimedia and text.
During her time with a young family, Maxine stayed active in the arts, through study, coordinating community arts projects, running her studio/gallery in Noosaville, and volunteering at the Noosa Regional Gallery. She now has a studio at Tewantin, backing on to the Tewantin National Park, and has artworks and murals permanently on display at Zabe Espresso Bar in Tewantin.
At the moment Maxine is represented in two exhibitions in Melbourne at the Brunswick Street Gallery: Emerging Photographic Edition and Australasia Now. For the latter, her piece entitled Big Fish City Dreams is about being the Muse, the female artist, being consumed by the Big Fish art machinations, the storm of life, the grid and repetition, and the clouds of energy, internet sending information and electrical storms of societal constructs breaking down.
Maxine is currently doing an Arts Residency at The Black Duck Gallery in the vibrant creative town of Yandina. The artist in residence pilot program is a series of week-long residencies for artists to share, create and exhibit their work. The self-contained cottage is located on the road to the renowned Spirit House Restaurant and beautiful Mt Ninderry.
As part of her residency, Maxine has full use of the Black Duck Gallery, and will have her exhibition hanging in the gallery for two weeks after her stay.
Maxine will be having a solo exhibition, Max Melbourne, at Brunswick Street Gallery in December. The exhibition will take a multi-platform approach to representing the challenges of motherhood and women’s art practice in a regional environment, being showcased within an urban gallery space.