Byron Bay artist on a new journey
HER works have hung in galleries in France, Canada, the USA, Spain and throughout Australia, and now Byron Bay artist Mesha Sendyk is moving to the south of France to further her career.
Mesha will leave this week to take up residence in Saint Paul de Vence where the owner of the gallery where she exhibits her works has organised a house and studio for her and her young daughter.
“The move will give me more opportunities,” Mesha said.
Mesha has been painting for 30 years and she studied art at the National Art School in Sydney in the mid 1980s.
She was one of the youngest artists to ever be accepted by the prestigious school on the basis of just her portfolio.
“I have always loved to paint,” Mesha said.
“My father was a painter and I used to paint with him.”
After Mesha completed her art course, she spent time working in the fashion industry, as well as travelling and living overseas.
While living in Thailand, she completed a series of paintings of the Royal Palace.
Returning to Australia in 1992, she continued to paint while taking a degree in psychology at USQ.
Mesha has lived in Byron Bay for 14 years where she has been the director of True Art & Media which launched and produced the highly successful Byron Bay Art Diary in 2008.
The diary featured the works of dozens of Northern Rivers artists and was published annually up until last year.
Mesha also produced the Australian Art Journal and won two national community broadcasting awards as a presenter on BayFM.
Her present body of works can be divided into two series – text works, designed to “tease the multiple layers of meaning from our internal dialogue”, and purely abstract works which are dubbed “visual Koans”.
“My paintings are an exploration of internal and external space and my inspiration comes from being present to the ongoing revelations of the immensely transformative power of these vast spaces,” Mesha said.
“The works can be aesthetically beautiful, inspirational, transforming, but they can also bring discomfort.
“But what I really offer is hard work and honesty. To spend months in isolation making a work that conveys these almost inexpressible but nonetheless comprehensible aspects of our existence is both a challenge and a joy.”
Mesha said that at the age of 44 she was at the end of her “emerging phase” and she had an “ambitious” plan for the next five years.
“Success for me as an artist is not measured in dollars, but getting people who view my work to recognise what I am trying to say,” she said
“I want people to look at my art and be transported into another world, to go on a journey.
“I am really looking forward to what the move to France will bring me in my creative world.”