Pile of solar plate prints by Trudy Rice

In converation with curator laura kirkham at Port jackson press print gallery

This week we’re revisiting our very first PJP ‘In Conversation With’. In this interview we talked to Trudy Rice about recently released work, a returned focus on the Australian Bush and her love of the natural world. As Trudy has yet more prints launching with our upcoming Contemporary Paper exhibition, we thought it timely to re-publish the interview. Reading over Trudy’s poetic insight to her practice, we’re getting more and more excited to get a glimpse of these new works.

Pink Spotty Crab & Blue Startfish

Catalogue essay 'oceanus'

Written by Curator Kate Ellis

“I must go down to the sea again for the call of the running tide”… so begins John Masefield’s celebrated poem, Sea Fever. Trudy Rice, like Masefield, also finds inspiration from the sea. Its depths. Shoreline. Its teaming crustacea. Sea horses. Fish, and those other wonderful inhabitants of the depths below.

Oceanus Art Almanac


Print Artist Trudy Rice takes viewers on an underwater journey with her latest series, OCEANUS.

The exhibition is the artist's attempt to document the diminishing sea life in Australian waters, including the Great Barrier Reef, using an environmentally friendly solar plate etching printmaking technique.

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Catalogue Essay 'Dragons & Banksias'

Written by Curator Kylie Blackley

“We need the tonic of wildness...

At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”

Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

Federation Square

Federation Story

Federation Story is a free interactive exhibition at Federation Square that traces the events, people and ideas that led to Federation. It also celebrates the richly diverse stories and events that have continued to shape our country, our culture and our place in the world.

I was lucky enough to be included in this historical record.

I feel fortunate to have been given the opportunity to explore and cultivate my vision for artistic expression. 10 years ago I was inspired to purchase an easel and some watercolour paints due to my husband’s esteem of my drawings, and I haven’t looked back.