Vasy Petros

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Vasy Petros

Vasy Petros Vasy is a Melbourne based artist. Her love to create led to the establishment of a successful art & design business, MenuBoards, which supplies restaurants, hotels and cafes with unique menu board creations. Vasy regularly visits South Gippsland where she ‘escapes’ to find peace and inspiration for her artwork. Her love and connection with nature is apparent in her collage series of coast and country landscapes. Member of The Bass Coast Artists Society, Kingston Arts Network, Greek Australian Cultural League of Melbourne and art coordinator for the GACLM’s Antipodean Palette exhibitions 2013 and 2014.

Vasy's collage landscapes are complex compositions of colour, cut from magazines and pieced together into peaceful natural scenes. What appear as painted landscapes from a distance are actually compositions of unrelated images. Each apparent 'brushstroke' is an intricate play of colour cut from unwanted magazines and newspapers, detached and fragmented. The attempt is to capture the simplicity of nature and evoke a sense of peace from material which is mass produced and so readily discarded. Mass print, representative of today's complexity, is pieced together into scenes that invite us to connect with nature and momentarily transport us to a simple place.

Lines and Layers … Pieces and Strips

I look at a distant landscape and see lines. Beginning with the horizon, I build a picture in linear strips above and below this line. Pieces of discarded print merge together to form land, sea and sky. Coloured strips are ‘blended’ the same way you would with paint. I either tear or cut. A torn edge is raw and unpredictable and can resemble the distant crest of a rolling wave or a soft whisp of cloud. A clean cut defines the horizon or the sharp shimmer of a highlight. The transparent quality of thin matt print ‘melts ‘ in to the canvas when pasted down. This together with overlapping, gives depth to a cloudy sky. Alternatively, thick gloss print highlights solid features within a landscape.


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