Shirley Ploog - Artist Bio
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Shirley Ploog is a Western Suburbs based Visual Artist who is passionate about the environment and about capturing the beauty of nature using charcoal, graphite and oils.
The attraction of the perfect structure in Nature is not what appeals to Shirley, it is when nature ages, when the crinkles form, the colours fade, blemishes appear, wrinkles develop and beautiful shapes evolve. This is what gives nature’s forms its beauty, it tells a life story. The imperfect becomes perfect, the ordinary become extraordinary!
Shirley has participated in a number of solo and group exhibitions. More recently, in 2017 Shirley was selected as a Finalist for the Wyndham Art Prize receiving a notable mention, as well as selection as a finalist for the Macquarie Emerging Art Prize for her first Sydney group exhibition, a solo show Diaphanous at Tacit Contemporary Gallery and completion of a 3 month artist residency at Galerie Huit, Arles France.
This year Shirley has a solo show planned for March at Tacit Contemporary Gallery and also has been selected for a residency at The Art Vault, Mildura in which she will continue to develop her body of work around beauty in decay using her preferred substrate of mixing graphite, charcoal and oils on drafting film.