Artist Jasmin Carter to open Bombardment at art gallery

Jasmin Carter, artist-in-residence at the Wollongong Art Gallery, is opening her exhibit Bombardment on Friday. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR.

Jasmin Carter, artist-in-residence at the Wollongong Art Gallery, is opening her exhibit Bombardment on Friday. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR.

Fighting fire with fire, Mount St Thomas artist Jasmin Carter is making a point about information and media overload by - you guessed it - overloading her own audiences.

"We're hit with images, messages, conflicts and politics every day," Carter said.

"I wanted to show what it is like, growing up bombarded by media."

Bombarded is the name and the aim of Carter's exhibition, officially opening on Friday night at Wollongong Art Gallery.

She is the gallery's resident artist and her 58-strong collection of collage, oil paint and mixed media work has taken over the gallery's lower floor.

"I'm trying to bombard the viewer. A lot of it is about the expectation to be something, to have a gimmick," Carter said.

"Being an artist, a female, a bike rider, there are things I am expected to be."

A striking assemblage of collaged magazine prints, giant bold words and pure painting spring out from the walls and specially installed panels to confront and arrest audiences.

A large nude model reclining, a series of giant hands clutching accordions and books, a woman on her phone compiled of strips of ripped news pages - the colours are vivid, the works large and many, and all created in Carter's year as artist in residence.

"I'd be working on five or six pieces at a time but I only finished everything in the last two months," she said, recounting a frantic final period rushing to complete all her work before the exhibition's opening date.

She said she still had about 10 smaller works that would be added to the exhibition over time, once they were completed.

"It's a relief to know everything has come to fruition," Carter said.

"It has been such a help, working in the gallery. What they do to facilitate, give advice and structure the exhibition has been great."

Bombarded will be opened on Friday night by writer and social commentator, Van Badham. The exhibition runs until August 31.

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