Renee Allara has been working as an artist for many years, with a focus on the small details of the world around her.In 2019, Allara presented at the Kaldor 50 Years of Public Art Love and Happiness Presentations, and performed at the Little Orange Presents: Pandora, International Day for People with Disability (AGNSW). She has also been a finalist for the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award from 2012 – 2020. In 2020 she was a community consultant for Justine William’s ‘She Conjured the Clouds’ (Campbelltown Arts Centre) for the Sydney Festival. Her works are on screening panels at Campbelltown’s Redfern Park. Renee worked on the Campbelltown City Council’s initiative to raise awareness around domestic violence in a series of murals created with Giselle Stanborough, Jessica Fesic, and Brenda Lee Coan.
This piece is a collaboration between the artist and the crafting women of Kandos, who are accomplished makers within their own culture. This is a town that supports all its residents; each circle of makers works separately, and yet all these circles overlap to create a network that is the town’s life blood. A rose made by each contributing woman is assembled to create a pattern of overlapping circles on a large granny square, with a trick shown to the artist by local Kandos resident Delma. The base represents the canvas of the town. Each rose represents the people who give the town its life, movement and its intrinsic beauty. Renee will be working at Nannas & Friends each day of the festival.
Renee Allara’s installations, ceramics and drawings derive from microscopic images of insects, bacteria and genetic material. The eye is also a re-occurring motif representative of her main form of communication as a Deaf person. Renee likes to play with the tension of high vs low art, elevating everyday objects and focusing the attention of the audience on the beauty of the details of the world around them.I am interested in the interrelationships of people and creatures and the spaces they occupy. I like to form a connection with the subject of each piece I create. The repetitive nature of my work means the production of each piece is an almost meditative process. -Renee Allara