Shirley Ploog is a Visual Artist based in Barwon Heads, Victoria who is passionate about the environment and capturing the beauty of nature through her selection of decayed objects.
The attraction of the perfect structure in Nature is not what appeals to Shirley, it is
when Nature ages, when crinkles form, colours fade, blemishes appear, wrinkles
develop and graceful shapes evolve.
This is what gives Nature’s forms its beauty, it tells a life story. The imperfect becomes perfect, the ordinary becomes extraordinary!
Combining inks or oils, graphite and charcoal on her preferred substrate of drafting film enables Shirley to create a translucent matrix of decaying natural elements to evoke a sense of strength as well as a gentle delicacy. The viewer is invited to contemplate ideas of fragility and ephemerality through nature’s aged patterns and ultimately feel a sense of responsibility to nurture and protect our environment.
Shirley has participated in a number of solo and group exhibitions and has been a finalist in several art prizes namely the Wyndham Art Prize, Stanthorpe Art Prize and the Macquarie Emerging Art Prize.