About Jody and Ben
“As Visual Artists the issues of time, place and spirit, memory both personal and collective, stories of acknowledgement and Western Australian history, strongly informs our arts practice. Through our art processes of sculpture, painting, weaving, photography and installation we explore these themes to materialise our own understandings of our world”.
Artist couple Jody and Ben Loaring have been creating artworks together since first meeting in 1992. Both are practicing artists within the fields of sculpture, photography and painting. Currently residing in Broome, with their young family, they make work from their home studio and are active within the vibrant Western Australian Contemporary Arts Community.
Practicing Artist and Visual Arts Educator.
Jody Loaring was born in Western Australia and grew up in the pristine natural landscape of Margaret River. Drawing inspiration from its bio diverse environment she graduated in 1992 from Edith Cowan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Textiles and Photography, documenting and making sculptural works that explored time and place.
Presently based in Broome, Jody continues to explore the ongoing theme of origins, landscape and memory and the historic cultural impacts of colonisation within the Australian landscape.
In 2011 she completed a Diploma of Education and currently Lectures in Visual Art at Broome North Regional TAFE.
Jody’s work is held in numerous private collections in Western Australia including the Lloyd and Elizabeth Horn Collection of West Australian Sculpture and the Shire of Broome Acquisitive Art Collection.
Her art accolades include Winner of the Shinju Matsuri Acquisitive Art Prize Broome in 2016; Winner Highly Commended Award Kimberley Art Prize 2017, Winner Mixed Media Award Kimberley Art Prize 2015 & 1998;Winner Mixed Media Award Shinju Matsuri Art Prize 2014; Winner Sculpture South West Survey Bunbury1994 and selection as a finalist in the FORM Hedland Art Awards 2016,17 & 18 and Busselton City Art Award 2017 & 18.
Visual Arts Teacher and Practicing Artist.
As a Visual Artist, Ben Loaring creates artworks to express a viewpoint of the cultural interaction of peoples, time, place and environment. Through his art processes of sculpture, painting, photography and installation he materialises his own understandings of the world.
In the West Australian and wider Australian context a myriad of social issues, historical narratives and concepts present themselves as ideas for his work. Issue of time and place, spirit, memory, stories and acknowledgement are themes that allow Ben scope to produce art works that are both meaningful and specific to a natural or social environment.
In addition to the influence of the historical narrative upon his work, Ben uses symbolic representation of the Australian natural environment as a language to emotionally connect the viewer to the subject matter. Growing up on the Western Australian coast immersed him in the specific textural language of the Australian landscape and he draws on his own personal life for many of the images and symbols he uses. The works reveal a subtext of cultural impact and custodianship , land and resource use .