WITHIN is Irene Feleo's upcoming zine launch and risograph print exhibition - featuring a collection of sequential illustrations. The exhibition opens on March 30th, 6pm at Goodspace. You can pick up one of Irene's limited edition zine's on the night - bring $15 and one of them can be yours if you're quick!
Focusing on concepts of discovery and connection, Irene brings to surface the flickering stillness of time and the calmness of mundane reflection.
Irene Feleo is an illustrator, animator and maker-of-sorts. 'Within' will be her second solo exhibition, combining her love for storytelling and motion. Irene approaches this collection of illustrations as visual haikus - stories with small, quiet and almost non existent imprints in time.
We caught up with Irene Feleo and she gave us a sneak peek ahead of the exhibition.
We're really interested that you're doing sequential illustrations. what made you choose this form of representation?
When I was younger I loved graphic novels, and when I started university I originally wanted to be a comic book artist. I loved the idea of visual storytelling, but after uni I got side tracked and almost forgot about this form of communicating stories. I was into animation and lately my interest in 2D animation (frame by frame) has been growing - so I guess i gravitated to the idea of sequential illustrations because it combined my understanding of animation but also my love of the still image.
How did the process begin? Did you begin with a story?
I find that I always return to similar visual signatures and tones in my work. I have an obsession with mountains and vast landscapes, so instead of incorporating these ideas into my work I chose to completely focus on them. The illustrations contained in my zine are all super short 'stories' with very little happening in between frames. I wanted to sort of slow down time and focus on 'the quiet scene' - so a lot of my illustrations are based around environments of reflection and change.
Have you drawn from any particular inspiration or muses while creating for the exhibition?
Tonally I wanted to create something quite moody, reflective and calming. There are a lot of artists and storytellers that I admire that work within this realm. The writer Haruki Murakami creates beautiful stories that have a stillness to them that I love. Movies like Lost in Translation, Her and Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless mind have definitely inspired the connection and silence I am trying to convey in my illustrations. There is a lot of room for interpretation for the context in these illustrations, and I think that I took inspiration from creatives who balance this idea in their work.
We're curious, tell us more about you disinterested in long form narratives!
I would definitely say it is more a of a short attention span then a disinterest! I guess because when I come up with an idea or a project, I always want it to be as big and grand as I can imagine. I'll think to myself that I want to write a short animation and before I know it in my head I have created the most amazing and technically brilliant frame by frame animation that the world has ever seen! Then, of course, this is completely not possible with my skill set and also the time I have to work on it so I get disheartened and give up haha.
With this exhibition, I really wanted to do something different to what I have done before - tell a story in some way and also to make a risograph zine. I felt like in the past I have always operated under what I had seen others do and this time I thought it would be nice to sort of just do my own thing and make a sort of 'graphic zine' that acts like a comic book but there are no words. I decided to think of it as something like a visual haiku, so each of these stories are seen as small imprints in time.
Take a peek at some of the pages of Within. Irene Feleo's Irene will be selling her risograph zines for $15 at the exhibition opening March 30th. There's only a limited run of 50 so get in quick!