Zilverster is an ongoing collaborative project between Sharon Goodwin and Irene Hanenbergh, Melbourne-based artists who have garnered strong individual reputations for their imaginative, elaborate and meticulously rendered expanded drawing and painting practices. What began in 2010 as a problem solving exercise – with one artist offering problematic, unfinished works to the other for advice on resolution – has evolved into a rich shared practice that continues to extend the discursive as well as process potentialities of each artist. While there are many shared interests and concerns between the two artists – (art) history, fantasy, cult iconography, alchemy, supernatural phenomena to name a few – each operates from a distinct temporal and imaginative framework: Goodwin’s contributions are embedded in a medieval, Gothic context while Hanenbergh’s derive from a European Romantic sensibility. Zilverster’s practice continues to develop out from an original series of beautiful, fantastical drawings that remain compelling in their strangeness.
SHARON GOODWIN completed a BFA (Painting) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1997, and has shown extensively both throughout Australia and internationally. Solo exhibitions include those at Uplands, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Gertrude Contemporary Art Space and TCB Gallery. She has participated in group exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, RMIT Gallery, Gertrude Contemporary Art Space, Monash University Museum of Art, Bendigo Art Gallery, Plimsoll Gallery (Hobart) University of Sydney Gallery, The Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), GrantPirrie Gallery (Sydney), University of Queensland Art Museum (Brisbane) Gallery Side 2, (Japan) Artspace (Sydney) and The Physics Room (New Zealand). Goodwin was a founding committee member of both TCB Gallery and the collaborative art group DAMP. Her work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Monash University and numerous private collections.
IRENE HANENBERGH completed a Master of Fine Arts by Research at the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) in 2010. She also holds a BFA (Hons) in Painting and Sculpture from The Academy of Fine Arts Minerva (1988, The Netherlands), a BFA (Hons) in Printmaking from The Athens School of Fine Arts (1995, Greece) and completed a Post Graduate Program at The Royal College of Art (in 1992, London, UK). Intermittently, over the last 25 years, she has spent considerable time on artist residencies and undertaking exhibitions, in various locations across Europe, Asia and the USA. Her work is held in public and private collections in the Asia-Pacific, Europe and the USA including the National Gallery of Victoria, University of Queensland Museum, MONA (Tasmania), Artbank Australia, ABSOLUT European Collection (Sweden), Centre for Contemporary Art, Collection ASKT (Greece) and Rabobank (The Netherlands). Hanenbergh was twice named as one of ‘Australia’s 50 Most Collectible Artists’ by Australian Art Collector and is represented by Neon Parc (Melbourne).