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Artist Naomi Waller finds inspiration, rather than agitation, in themonotony of the everyday

FAN: Artist Naomi Waller likes to experiment with different materials.
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THE routinemonotony of the everyday tends to be endured. Tolerated. Sometimes even despised.

It inspired artist Naomi Waller, however, to create her largest structural exhibition to date.

Using paper, the Weston-born artist painstakingly constructed symbols of the everyday. They represented, in her words, ‘‘the uninspiring drudge; the constant, inescapable routine; the monotony of the forgettable experience’’.

The resulting exhibition, Oleka, concluded last week at Off the Kerb Gallery in Collingwood.

‘‘I think there’s a point in every person’s life where they realise that the choices they’ve made have restricted the opportunity for spontaneity; where every day is a process of the same routine being carried out in some semblance,’’ she says.

‘‘Like most people I work a nine-to-five job. Monday to Friday life rarely changes pace. I usually find a lot of comfort in my routine, but sometimes it’s incredibly suffocating. I think a lot of people can relate to that feeling.’’

The paper sculptures she designed looked like a lounge room slowly sinking into the floor.

‘‘Paper is light and flexible, but it doesn’t always respond the way you expect. There is always a lot of trial and error as you learn ways of working with the medium instead of against it,” Waller says.

Unlike many artists, who prefer to stick to one medium, Waller likesto experiment with different materials.

She was raised in Weston, and her family still lives in the Hunter. She studied Graphic Design at TAFE’s Tighes Hill campus, and Fine Art at TAFE’s Hunter Street campus.

‘‘I used to spend endless hours making my own toys, usually from objects found around the house or scraps of material in Mum’s sewing cabinet,” she says.

‘‘I got in a lot of trouble at school when I was young for daydreaming and drawing in my books.

‘‘As I got older my desire to follow a creative path got stronger.I studiedfine art at Newcastle Art School, majoring in Photography and Sculpture. They were the best three years of my life.’’

Her first show wasa solo exhibition at Newcastle Art Space, featuring paper lanterns and an installation.

“It really cemented my desire to create beautiful works and to use that as a medium to interact with people,’’ she says.

Newcastle is, she says, a “great place” to start for an emerging artist.

‘‘Newcastle is known more for its beaches than anything else, but there is a very strong arts community in Newcastle that doesn’t seem to exist elsewhere,’’ Waller says.

Keen to spread her creative wings,Waller moved to Melbourne in 2007 with nothing more than a bag half-filled with art supplies, and the promise of a couch to sleep on.

She is a keen observer of the Berlin ‘‘artparasites’’ Facebook page, where pieces of text and art are merged to create a fresh interpretation.

ROBOTIC: Part of Waller’s exhibition Oleka, constructed entirely from paper.

‘‘Most of my work is a representation of a snapshot of time in my life.I like to connect with others through my work, so I tend to focus on subjects that others can relate to and create a shared experience.”

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