Therese Gabriel Wilkins
Therese Gabriel Wilkins aka ‘Trees’ is a printmaker, painter, sculptor. After graduating in 2013 from Art school she has embarked on an art journey that has seen her run workshops in printmaking, art, mask making and movement with adults and children. Therese is an active member of The Makers Studio Central Coast since its inception in 2016 running and participating in workshops with members. She is also an artisan of the Forest of Tranquility, a member of the Tuggerah Lakes and Gulgong Arts Society, Outback Arts, Print Council of Australia, Newcastle Printmakers Workshop and NAVA. Therese sees herself as being on an art journey, weaving narratives through her printmaking, painting and sculpture. She has entered in the last seven years over 80 group exhibitions throughout Australia and internationally. Solo exhibitions have been held at Buff Point, Cessnock Regional Gallery, Newcastle and Mary Cairncross Reserve in Queensland. Collaborative exhibitions have seen her travel to Pilliga in North Western NSW, Cessnock and The Art House, Wyong. Therese has work in public collections with Wyong TAFE, Central Coast Council, The Brooklyn Art Library archives, Newcastle Printmakers Workshop, National Gallery archives. In June, 2020 her art work and collaborative art work has been displayed outside Umina Library. Therese has work in private collections throughout Australia and Internationally. She has won awards for her art in competitions in Gulgong, Mudgee, Central Coast in printmaking, mixed media and sculpture. In 2018 she won the overall major prize for a first in Mixed Media and Sculpture in Unearthed in Gulgong. Therese has been accepted for residencies in Cradle Mountain in 2018 and King Island in 2019. The connections made with the land, people, fauna and flora has led to a body of work and exhibition that will be held at King Island in April/May 2021. Therese will also be taking Nights Watch Parliament a body of work on endangered and threatened species of owls to Pilliga Nature Reserve and the Warrumbungles National Park in December 2020 engaging community through workshops, artists talks for community and children to focus attention on the owls and their plight.
This work encapsulates for me the world where we step out into the future with new hope, performing together as one, humanity linked as performers in the play. The inspiration for this of course is our new world where masks have become the new fashion statement as we step outside into the world and nature.