MARCH 2024

Retractable Art Space is an exhibition project initiative that uses a retractable clothesline spanning the undercover carport and open-air courtyard of our home. People are invited to create work that can be hung, displayed, or otherwise interface with the retractable unit and its domestic environment.

Saturday 23rd March, 2pm - 8pm

Each participant has been given a piece of calico to create work in response to the theme 'Opening'.


Curated by Savina Hopkins

Follow Retractable Art Space on Instagram for more details.

Retractable Art Space sits on the unceded land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present, and to all First Nations people.

i-Spy (wooden assemblage) - Savina Hopkins

Bargoonga Nganjin (North Fitzroy Library), 182 St Georges Rd, North Fitzroy, Vic.
Exhibition dates : 14th February - 5th May, 2024
Opening : Wednesday 21st February, 6 - 7.30pm
Opening hours : Mon, Tues, Fri, 10am - 6pm || Wed - Thurs, 10am - 8pm || Sat, 10am - 4pm || Sun, 2pm - 5pm

This exhibition of wall-hung assemblages is created entirely from children's second-hand building blocks and was generated through consideration of the material properties and historic uses of these toys. As objects, the weathered wooden blocks are a signifier and relic of childhood and creative play. Given their widespread accessibility and use, these simple, tactile toys possess a familiarity that creates an entry point through which to experience the work. 

The creative urge to play is widely encouraged in childhood for its contribution to cognitive, physical, social and emotional development, however it tends to be far less supported in adult contexts. The works in i-Spy were created through a process of experimentation and play; spatial, textural and colour relationships between the pre-painted blocks emerged through long sessions of gathering, sorting, arranging and rearranging. Blocks were carefully selected for their colour, shape and evidence of previous use; teeth marks, dents, surface wear and paint loss.

Through salvaging the unwanted toys and repurposing them as a raw art material, the history of the object is foregrounded and its association with play harnessed, elevating the value of creative play as a serious pursuit.

Exhibiting this series in the gallery space at Bargoonga Nganjin, directly adjoining the Children's Library and play area, invites reflection on the connections between learning, development and creativity, unlimited by one's age.
 Photo by Andrew Curtis

   Photo by Andrew Curtis
Screen / Time
Savina Hopkins' new photographic work, Screen / Time, is currently being exhibited as part of the City of Yarra's Light Box programme at Carlton Library. The public art light boxes are located on the exterior wall of the library on Newry St, near the corner of Rathdow ne St. As such they can be viewed anytime, but they are best viewed when it's dark, and the illumination hits its peak. This outdoor exhibition is free and Covid safe.

Carlton Library, 667 Rathdowne St, Carlton North, Vic.
Exhibition dates : 22 March 2022 - 20 September 2022
Votive No. 3 (digital photograph print) - Savina Hopkins

In today’s Covid-conscious world, plexiglass is used as a barrier to infection in the form of ‘sneeze screens’ in many retail and service settings. It is considered a stable and impenetrable material. In Screen / Time’plexiglass acts as a deteriorating membrane, a clouded lens. Hopkins’ photographs capture the interiors of cemetery votive boxes taken through their scratched plexiglass screens. The screens, installed to protect and provide access to the contents of the votive boxes, function as a threshold or transitional space between the living and the dead, the visible and the indistinct. Over time the screens have degraded due to a combination of UV light damage, heat, pollution, neglect and general weathering. The effect of these forces is cumulative and the once clear plexiglass is rendered semi-opaque.

Shot through hazy screens, partially obscured objects appear - candles, oil burners, a cleaning rag, oil housed in drink bottles and mustard jars. Such personal offerings and utensils are used in ceremonial, ritualistic and prosaic ways. The mourning and contemplation that occurs at these sites is embodied by these objects. These incidental arrangements are reminiscent of still life oil paintings, as the damaged screen’s surface serves to flatten the picture plane. These meditative scenes of liminal spaces highlight the inevitable instability of materials and our bodies.

Dusk view of Screen / Time, light box installation, Carlton Library

Co-curated by Kim Wall and Tyler Meredith 

Satellite Projects - online exhibition
Exhibition dates : 22 October - 14 November
L>R: Sisters, Best Behaviour (archival giclee prints) - Savina Hopkins 

The Waiting Room
Aly Aitken | Patrick Francis | Savina Hopkins | Steve May | Jim Pavlidis

Satellite Projects - online exhibition. View catalogue here.
Exhibition dates : 8 October - 8 December
Gretchen (collage)- Savina Hopkins
Group Show - Opening Thursday 12th Dec, 6 - 8 pm

No Vacancy - 34 - 40 Jane Bell Lane, Lv 3 QV Building, Melbourne, Vic.
Exhibition dates : 10 - 15 Dec
Opening hours : Tues - Fri 12 - 6pm, Sat & Sun, 12 - 5pm

Grace (collage) - Savina Hopkins
Opening Friday 6th December, 6 - 8pm
Alternating Current - 248 High St, Windsor, Vic.
Exhibition Dates : 6 - 21 December
Opening hours : Thurs & Fri 11 - 6pm, Sat & Sun 12 - 5pm

Blue Scouts (collage) - Savina Hopkins
Curated by Polly Hollyoak, Andrea Hughes and Olga Tsara
Artists : Eddie Botha, Annette Chang, Maz Dixon, Polly Hollyoak, Savina Hopkins, Andrea Hughes, Empire of Stuff, Leah Mariani, Andrea Sinclair, Liz Sontag (Tinky), Kelly Sullivan, Olga Tsara.

Friends & Family
Group Show - Opening Friday 15 November, 6 - 8pm
Daine Singer - 90 Moor St, Fitzroy, Vic.
Exhibition Dates : 14 November - 14 December
Opening hours : Wed - Fri 12pm - 5pm, Sat 12pm - 4pm
There's No Exit to This Desert (collage)  - Savina Hopkins 
Paul Compton | Savina Hopkins | Kim Wall
Exhibition Opening : Wednesday 16th October, 6 - 8pm 

Red Gallery - 157 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North, Vic.
Exhibition Dates : 16 October - 3 November 
Opening hours : Thurs - Fri 12pm - 6pm, Sat - Sun 12pm - 5pm
Martha (collage, detail) - Savina Hopkins


Collins Place Summer Salon
Exhibition Launch & Prize Announcements : Friday 7th December, 6 - 8pm 

Collins Place Gallery, 45 Collins St, Melbourne, Vic.
Exhibition Dates : 1 December - 31 January (closed for Christmas from 21 Dec - 7 Jan)
One Of Us Is Only (collage) - Savina Hopkins


Opening : Friday 24th August

Neon Parlour - 791 High St, Thornbury, Vic.
Exhibition dates : 22 August - 2 September
Opening hours : Wed - Fri 11am - 6pm, Sat - Sun 11am - 5pm

Artists: Luisa Cavalieri, Simon Deere, Irene Ferguson, Savina Hopkins, Seb Ingram, Shannon Mary, Ted Mckinlay, Zennie McLoughlin, Abbey Rich, James Riches, Alexandra Thornton, Lin Tobias, Dylan Vella, Travis Vella, Matthew Watts
(True Verdict (collage) - Savina Hopkins
JUNE 2017
Nillumbik Prize 2017
Opening 1st June 6.30 - 8.30 pm
Barn Gallery, Montsalvat, 7 Hillcrest Ave, Eltham, Vic.
Exhibition dates: 1 June - 30 July

Finalists: Penelope Aitken, Liliana Barbieri, Kellie Joy Barnes, Peter Ben, Janette Bird, Matt Blackwood, Maria Colaidis, Samuel Condon, Stephanie Davies, Magdalena Dmowska, Ella Dunn, Helen Edwards, Annita Furey, Silvi Glattauer, Claudia Gleave, Lloyd Godman, Ev Hales, Siri Hayes, Savina Hopkins, Paul Kalemba, Denise Keele-Bedford, Sean Kennedy, Tracey Lamb, Jo Lane, Elyss McCleary, Anna McDermott, Louise Meuwissen, Gabriella Moxey, Terrianne Murray, Gay O’Connor, Irene Pagram, Matthew Quick, Gwen Scott, Jodi Stewart, Linda Swinfield, Camilla Tadich, Ronak Taher, Erin Tappe, Liz Walker, Michelle Williams


    L-R: Ester, Grace (collages) - Savina Hopkins
Coby Baker | Wendy Busch | Magdalena Dmowska | Matt Hill | Sylvia Hollis | Savina Hopkins | Tegan Iversen | Amanda Krantz | Jo Lane | Cassandra Martin | Sharyn Masson | Anna McDermott | Louise Meuwissen | Susie Monte | Jasmine Moston | Carolyn O’Neill | Amber Smith | Liam Snootle | Jodi Wiley | Mel Jane Wilson  

Opening: Thursday 12th January, 6.30 - 8.30pm

Montsalvat, Barn Gallery, 7 Hillcrest Ave, Eltham, Vic.
Exhibition dates: 12 January - 5 February 
Exhibition hours: 7 days, 9am - 5pm
Curated by Petra Nicel 


Simon Attwooll | Paul Compton | Rebecca Delange | Sue Durham | Elizabeth Gower | Stephanie Hicks | Savina Hopkins | Iolanthe Iezzi | Rachel O'Connor | Sally Smart | Heidi Yardley | Jordon Wood 

Opening: Wednesday 14th September

The Dirty Dozen, Campbell Arcade underpass, Melbourne, Vic.
Exhibition dates: 13 September - 7 November
Exhibition hours: Mon - Fri 10.30am - 6.30pm, Sat 10.30am - 5pm (closed Sunday)
Curated by Rachel O'Connor & Jordon Wood 

Fake stump, real tree (photograph)- Savina Hopkins, 2015
The new issue of Materiality with the theme FAKE is out now. I have some photographs in it, like the one above. This wonderful journal has gone digital and is now free. It can be viewed (and also printed) in 9 easy to download sections. Get yours here!

JUNE 2016

Cover art and illustrations I created for issue #223 of Overland, the excellent Australian literary journal.

MAY 2016

Wild Cards & Fugitives
Curated by Dominique Dunstan - a group exhibition usindefunct library catalogue cards.
To be opened by Kate Torney, CEO State Library Victoria 
Opening: Thursday 15th May, 3:30 - 4:30
Venue: Joyce McGrath Gallery, State Library Victoria
 Current Location - Savina Hopkins, 2016

12 Inches
A group exhibition of album covers for records real or imagined
Opening: Monday 11 Jan (ends 16 Jan) 

The Snug - 447 High St, Northcote, Vic.
Headway - Savina Hopkins
 Contact - Savina Hopkins

Rubicon ARI are having a Mad-Minute fundraiser and I've donated the above artwork to the cause.

Opening: Wednesday 22th December, 6 - 9pm 
Rubicon ARI, Level 1/309 Queensberry St, North Melbourne, Vic.


Home@735 Gallery presents
Somchai Charoen | Sam Cutcher | Genevieve Felix Reynolds | Savina Hopkins

Opening: Wednesday 19th August, 6 - 8pm

Home@735 - 735 Bourke Street, Redfern, N.S.W  
Exhibition dates: 19 Aug - 13 Sep
Gallery hours: Thurs 2 – 5pm, Sat & Sun 2 – 5pm
Countess - S Hopkins, 2015
Opening night, photography by Steve Mclaren
JUNE 2015 

Persona Obscura

Opening: Wednesday 17th June, 6 - 8pm 

Seventh Gallery - 155 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, Vic.
Exhibition dates: 18th June - 4th July
Gallery hours: Tues - Sat, 12 - 6 pm
L-R: Eileen & Maude, Dear Aimee (Miss Constance Worth), Clementine

Persona Obscura: Disrupted Portraits 
(Catalogue essay by Laura Skerlj)

Savina Hopkins currently works from a studio in a decommissioned hospital wing in Melbourne. The site is quiet, with circle-shaped gardens of roses, lavender and balmy herbs for meditation and mourning. Eggshell blue corridors house congregations of discarded patient-recliners; medical fixtures still protrude from the walls. This unusual studio seems the perfect space for Hopkins to have realised her current body of work: a series of delicately wrought collages, where the faces of antique postcard portraits are removed using a medical scalpel before being replaced with flanks of skin-coloured Band-Aid. 

Two years ago, Hopkins began using this process to make portraits of her family members. The first in her Band-Aid series was a study of the artist’s father who was unwell in hospital at the time—the intense focus required to make his image encouraged her to reflect deeply upon their connection, what it meant to be human (and therefore, damaged), and the transpiring discomfort sometimes felt living in one’s own skin. This and other studies in the series, presented a unique, and sometimes fraught, connection with the “sitter”: by using the faces of those she knew so well, the nuances of their intimate relationships became implicit in the matrix of her process—looking, considering, cutting, masking, suffocating, healing. 

In contrast, the people featured in Hopkins’ current exhibition, Persona Obscura, are unknown to the artist. Her primary material—silver gelatin postcard portraits that date back to 1910-1930—were sourced online, gifted to the artist by friends and colleagues, or scrounged for at second-hand markets. On the verso of some portraits are brief letters that contain meagre, if any, autobiographical clues. Although this new distance between artist and subject might seem limiting, on the contrary, it opens up the formal potentials and conflicting attributes present within Hopkins’ Band-Aid works. While there is something destructive about cutting skin, particularly a face, from an image, Hopkins’ practical sensitivity, in which every subject is precisely tended, reflects her desire to recreate them as best she can using this unromantic and faux-somatic material. 

Aesthetically, Hopkins’ work has a particular vintage. Like the walls in her hospice studio, old-world hues butt against the tiny plastic panels that now compose the subjects’ faces. Moody details within the original photographs—frosting, jewels, couture and flowers—have been carefully included through delicate cutting, or highlighted using paint. Damaged surface areas of the photograph have also been retouched. Their scale is considerably smaller than the previous family portraits, the Band-Aid panels applied with meticulous care. Even in their presentation, other papers and fabrics from this era, collaged around the photographs, expand their nostalgic quality. Having completed postgraduate studies in scientific illustration, as well as maintaining parallel jobs in museums, archives and library environments, there is an undoubtable “collector’s instinct” present across Hopkins’ oeuvre. However, there seems less of a desire to present artefacts than to use sophisticated learnt techniques to psychologise old images via new processes. 

Just as Victorian post-mortem death portraits were orchestrated to present the deceased as still living, Hopkins’ work conjures a similar psychological disruption. As the artist explains, there is a definite disquiet associated with suffocation, loss and injury that occurs when the flesh-like material is applied all over the subject’s face: “Using Band-Aids allows me to explore a complex psychological terrain, as there is a particular emotional charge in this unconventional material that I find thoroughly engaging.” As trauma, by nature, requires continual repression to exist, this insistence upon covering, or exchanging, the truth-telling face with something face-like is in keeping: the bandaged images become traumatic, almost literally, as the word “trauma” is identified in Greek as a psychic “injury”. 

From this, there is a poetic disjuncture within the works’ formal considerations that recalls French literary theorist Roland Barthes’ distinction between a photograph’s “studium” and “punctum”. In his iconic, Camera Lucida (1980), Barthes articulated the former as that which occurs in the image: the photographer’s intentions, the general gist of the picture. These attributes are the elements—faces; gestures; settings—that compose the work. The latter “punctum” is less agreeable. It is defined as an aspect within a photograph that disturbs: “[a] sting, speck, cut, little hole… a cast of the dice… an accident which pricks me (but also bruises me, is poignant to me).” Although the disruption within Hopkins’ work is not oblique, there remains a slippery shift between the outer photographic scene and the refined yet plastic inner collage that conjures this allusive, and recalcitrant, quality. 

Darkness aside, there is also humour in a portrait made using a material that mends playground wounds and minor kitchen casualties.  When expecting a face yet finding a chimera, the viewer is jostled between their expectations and reality. This method of working suffused much Surrealist and Dadaist collage of the 20th century, as artists displaced the ordinary to create abnormal visions. However, in this contemporary work, the angular sections of Band-Aid take on a pixel-like quality against the original image’s hazy romance. A parallax to the present infinitude of “selfies”, sitters in Hopkins’ original source-images patiently held their position for a single portrait. As one avatar replaces another, Hopkins’ masked subjects chuckle at our enduring vanity. 

In turn, this sympathetic process—in which antique portraits have been collected, contemplated, and quite literally de-faced—is sentimental, traumatic and humorous. The void once occupied by the sitter’s most essential feature is rearticulated using various carefully selected Band-Aids. The result is an abstraction of character that is as unsettling as it is well-formed; just as a painter might apply a specific tone, glaze or brush stroke to fully-realise the essential features of their sitter, Hopkins’ sensitivity toward her materials—both Band-Aid and photograph—reveals a perplexing transition between the real and the uncanny. 

Laura Skerlj is a Melbourne-based artist and writer.
Opening night at Seventh Gallery
APRIL 2015

This year I've been busy in the hospital studio, working with my band-aid postcards portraits. Here's a sneak preview of the kind of work I'll be exhibiting in Melbourne in mid June....

Raffaellina (detail) - S Hopkins, 2015
DEC 2014

My new series of band-aid portraits got a plug on The Art Life, New Work Friday. Jolly good!

NOV 2014 

My photographs of cemetery votive boxes, seen through their scratched perspex doors, published in the Melbourne journal Materiality #4: Surface. 

OCT 2014
Recent work from my hospital room studio at St Vincent's, made from band-aids & photographic studio portrait postcards.

SEP 2014

Photographs (with some photoshop trickery) I took for Habitual Criminal, a play by Carolyn Bock, a Shift Theatre production, showing at La Mama in October.
Another poster design/spot of photoshopping for Melbourne band Baron von Choice, set to tackle "the difficult follow-up gig" at Bella Union this month.

AUG 2014
A commissioned illustration for an article on the intertwining identities of therapist and mother.

JULY 2014
Helena Cedran has written a feature on my band-aid portraits, published on the Artrend section of 20 Minutos, a leading Spanish newspaper. You can read it here - if you can read Spanish!

JUNE 2014

Plastic Pig - Savina Hopkins
(watercolour on paper)

Kylie Blackley | Jill Bolitho | Gonzalo Ceballos | Charlie Chamma | Alana Di Giacomo | Shaun Duggan | Elizabeth Hickey | Savina Hopkins | Colleen Jones | Cheralyn Lim | Renuka Rajiv

Opening: Friday June 13th, 6 - 8 pm

Brunswick Arts Space, 2a Little Breese St, Brunswick, Vic.
Exhibition Dates: 14th - 29th June
Gallery hours: 2pm - 6pm Thurs & Fri, 12pm - 5pm Sat & Sun

MAY 2014
I designed this poster for Melbourne band Baron von Choice, who are performing at Bella Union next month.
✂ This month marks the beginning of my year long art residency at St Vincent's Hospital. I'm rather enamoured with the studio space and very much looking forward to making new work here. 

APR 2014
Pinknantucket Press have launched their latest issue of Materiality, this one with contributors responding to the theme 'Precious'. I have an article / series of photographs in it focusing on hard rubbish called 'Trash as Treasure'. Get yours here! Subjects covered in this edition include Japanese lacquer, love letters, the lost thylacine, illuminated manuscripts, saffron, luthiery, gems, rubbish and gold, plus cover art by  Gracia & Louise. 
[EDIT - This issue was reviewed on Arts Hub by Sonia Nair on July 15th]
Photograph - Savina Hopkins
FEB 2014
Brunswick Arts Space present 'Entry 2014', their 9th contemporary art prize / fundraiser. I have a piece in it, come along for the art and festivities.
Brunswick Art Space, 2a Little Breese St, Brunswick, Vic.
Opening: Friday 7th Feb, 6 - 9 pm
Exhibition dates: 8th - 16th Feb
📌I'm very happy to have been awarded an artist residency at St Vincent's Hospital - Caritas Christi Hospice, commencing in May this year

JAN 2014
I collaborated with Renuka Rajiv on 2 artworks for this group exhibition

I've got you under my skin
L: Androgynous Bosch (mixed media on paper)   R: Pitted History (mixed media on paper)
Savina Hopkins & Renuka Rajiv, 2014                 

Opening: 16 Jan, 6.30pm

Blak Dot Gallery - 430 Lygon St, East Brunswick, Vic
Exhibition Dates: 16th Jan - 2 Feb
Gallery hours: Thurs - Sunday, 10am - 5pm

DEC 2013
I have a work in the Belle Arti Prize, all details below.

5th Annual
Belle Arti Prize
35cm x 35cm, $5000 National Acquisitive Prize

Opening: Wednesday 11th December, 6 - 8 pm
Exhibition dates: 12 December - 25 January
Venue: Chapman & Bailey Gallery, 350 Johnstone St, Abbotsford, Vic
Gallery Hours: 10am - 5.30 pm Monday - Friday, 11am - 5pm Saturday
This year's judges are Juan Ford (Artist), Melissa Loughnan (Utopian Slumps) and Max Delany (NGV)

NOV 2013
   Close Quarters 
Inlet / Outlet (collage on paper)

Opening: Wednesday 13th November, 6 - 9 pm

Rubicon ARI - Level 1/309 Queensberry St, North Melbourne, Vic.
Exhibition dates:13th - 30th November
Gallery HoursWed - Sat, 12 - 6pm
Arts Hub have published this review of Close Quarters by Marguerite Brown. 

For years Hopkins’ practice has involved the synthesis of multiple fragments, creating 2D assemblages greater than their parts.

Often pillaging the musty, dusty domain of old stationery for inspiration, her latest exhibition Close Quarters conjures both visual poetry and meaningful suggestion from source material that would seem incongruous to both – namely, antiquated office files. Through collaging remnants from past paper bureaucracies, Hopkins has skillfully constructed works that are anything but mundane with a lyrical yet understated aesthetic.  
This series relies on numerous perforated pieces of card and paper that were used as file tabs in the early–mid 20th century. These little fragments which in the frugal war years were often cut-up and recycled from other documents, would sit on top of papers contained in old Naval Department files, the entire file then punctured through with a metal pin to hold it together. Rescuing the tabs from imminent disposal, Hopkins was drawn to their interesting aesthetic qualities; their fragmentary words, symbols, patterns and palette of often faded pastels that go beyond the ubiquitous manila. This combined with their apparent incompleteness and intriguing incoherency made them ideal fodder for collage construction.
With forensic precision, Hopkins has sliced each individual tab to fit perfectly into a broader schematic conception. Some collages in the exhibition contain an almost topographical resonance, with swelling lines of meticulously shaped rectangles that flow around or between sections of old maps, such as in Crosscurrent. The artist frequently arranges the tabs into groupings of tone and colour to demarcate masses within her compositions. Like patchwork fields viewed from the sky, or bodies of water that negotiate protruding land masses, certain works such as Magnetic Passage, Harbour and Unwatched Channel seem to deconstruct and reconstruct topographical conventions.
While the tabs contain individual snippets of words in different typeface (or sometimes hand written), along with various truncated shapes and emblems, they share one common characteristic in the perforation that resides at their centre. These small remnants have been injured in their former life, and each carries its own ragged little wound. Yet with infinite care Hopkins has re-invested value into worn shreds of paper that were destined for the bin. In doing so she evokes both the intimate and the abstract, prompting deeper inspection at close quarters.
Offsetting the nostalgia for a bygone era that rises through the seams, a subtle word/letter play contained in the works reveal Hopkins’ intellectual approach. As she sets down a paper trail of fragmented human activity, the artist invents a secret language – one that is ultimately left for the viewer to decode.  
- Marguerite Brown

Art Almanac has selected my show, Close Quarters, for the Feature Exhibitions section of their November issue, pg. 53
'Savina Hopkins salvages discarded objects and uses their broken histories as a springboard for exploration into the physical qualities of found objects and the ideas that are embedded in or extruded from them.

In this new body of work, she has used old card and paper file tags discarded by government departments due to their non-archival status. The tags come from naval department files from the 1930s and 40s, when paper was considered precious and the tags themselves were recycled from society’s ephemera – maps, theatre ticket stubs, racing cards and cigarette packs. Through collecting and re-configuring, Hopkins once again recycles these objects in her work. As she gathers, arranges and assembles these elements in an artwork, the seemingly insignificant has its meaning re-valued and re-interpreted.'


My band-aid family portraits find their spiritual home... on the cover of Psychotherapy in Australia journal. Out now! 

OCT 2013
Preparations are in full swing for my upcoming show, Close Quarters, at Rubicon ARI next month. 
work in progress...
I made the leather paper weight pictured above, using recycled leather from the spine from an old book, lead shot and waxed cotton thread. Collage fragments are firmly adhered to the substrate!

SEP 2013
Photo credit - Alice Cannon
Pinknantucket Press are the publishers of Materiality, a journal about the material world. My artwork features on the cover of Materiality: Time (Issue 2).

Launch : Friday September 20th, 5.30pm at Sticky Institute

AUG 2013

Slow Watch
Karen Gray and Savina Hopkins
Curated by Gina Kalabishis

Exhibition Opening: Tuesday 27 August, 6-8pm

Venue: Gallery Ranfurlie, Korowa Anglican Girls’ School, 10-16 Ranfurlie Crescent, Glen Iris
Viewing Dates: Wednesday 28 – Monday 2 September, 1- 4pm (excluding weekends)
Gallery Ranfurlie presents Slow Watch, the work of Melbourne artists Karen Gray and Savina Hopkins. Despite different approaches to art making, Gray and Hopkins both place symbolic value on the subject. Whether contemplating interpersonal relationships or keepsakes of personal significance, their work speaks of a preoccupation with the foundations of memory and the workings of the psyche.
Fiddler Beetle (Eupoecila australasiae)
watercolour on paper
Jewel Beetle (Castiarina media)
watercolour on paper

The Aikenhead Cente for Medical Discovery (ACMD) is holding it's inaugural Acquisitive Art Prize at St Vincent's Gallery. I have two scientific illustrations of beetles in this exhibition, painted from specimens studied under a microscope at Melbourne Museum. All details below.

Opening: Monday 19th August, 5pm - 7pm

St Vincent's Art Gallery, Ground floor, Daly Wing, 35 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy, Vic.
MC: Steve Ellen  (RRR and 774)
Dates:1st - 28th August
Gallery hours:  9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri

JULY 2013
Sarah Gubby has written an artist profile on me, published on Heritage Rescue, Collections Conservation: 'Spotlight on Savina Hopkins'

MAY 2013 

I have ploughed my family archives to create a series of portraits using adhesive dressings (‘band-aids’) as a primary medium. The band-aids approximate flesh tones and are applied to describe the form and contours of the body. Via the symbolic and metaphorical connotations band-aids can evoke, I aim to charge each portrait with psychological weight, exploring and amplifying interpersonal dynamics.

MARCH 2013
I have been working on a new series of work for a group portrait show, 'Limits of Likeness' at Rubicon ARI in May. Here is a sneak preview of work in progress....

Marguerite Brown has written a review of my Dymo silhouette series on her blog Visual Pursuits. Click here to read it in full.
The Existential Ponderings of Savina Hopkins -  Marguerite Brown (excerpt below)
"...her use of phrases assembled to shape various folks’ heads in profile, much like Victorian cameo pieces of yesteryear, cannot help but issue a deeper resonance beyond the instantly appealing retro aesthetic. These works draw our attention to how the words we say communicate more than we often intend about who we are, our values, ideas, what we think about our place in the world, and as such they touch on that most nebulous concept of personal identity. In doing so this series is quite revealing in its humour, albeit the kind of black humour which is particularly enjoyable. Like getting drunk and jovial at a wake despite being grief-stricken, it’s a bit of a fuck you to the dark unknowables of life."

I am exhibiting a new series of works in a group show at Red Gallery as part of Midsumma.

Yarra Arts - Energy from Stillness
ARTISTS: Matto Lucas, Emma Buckland, Alexander Edwards, Tama Favell, Hillary Green, Jacqueline Gwynne, Savina Hopkins, Cath Johnston, Sol Mann, Renuka Rajiv and Mel Simpson. 

Opening: 6 - 8 pm, Wednesday January 16th
Red Gallery, 157 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy, Vic.
Exhibition runs: 16th Jan - 2nd Feb 2013
Gallery hours: Wed - Sat, 11am - 5pm

Subsumed (detail) - Savina Hopkins
vinyl embossing tape on board

Vinyl ‘Dymo’ embossing tape is typically used for labelling one’s possessions. In a similar way, our thoughts and stories help define a person’s identity. By using the labelling tape to form head silhouettes I am exploring the ways we employ spoken words and unspoken thoughts to express our perceptions of ourselves and others.
Penny Webb has written a review of my Dymo work in The Age newspaper (Wed Jan 20th, 2013, pg 13).

'Small Works Get Up Close and Personal for a Big Impact' - Penny Webb (excerpt below)
Suitably reminded by Croce that metaphors enable us to absorb information and make sense of experience, pay a visit, too, to Hopkins' show across town. You are what you think. Savina Hopkins puts this idea to the test, with exquisite works incorporating statements such as ''False dichotomies pay my rent'' and ''Hell is a sparrow trapped in Ikea''.
Exceptionally, the former incorporates additional found graphics (from a bank note bearing a line drawing of a church and therefore beautifully illustrating the dichotomy of God and Mammon). The latter, which is a fabulous combination of pink, red, green and black strips, wittily delineates a bearded jaw with the use of forward slashes on black.
The words, punctuation marks and symbols, which always appear as white, were embossed in strips of coloured self-adhesive vinyl tape by an old hand-held Dymo label printer, then cut, line by line, to a predetermined outline. Assembled, they create profiles of people that are successfully individualised, despite the clunky process.
See the clever delineation of the man's hat by a change of green in ''I won't forget no matter how long it takes''. Except for the pink, the coloured tapes are vintage. Only the most hard-hearted would think wood-grain vinyl is not something to treasure.
These silhouettes have been stuck down onto manila card that has been cut from old-fashioned folders, some printed with intended office use, and these connotations become part of the image.
Hopkins has an ear for a telling phrase, and as you stand close to these works in their splendid timber frames, ideas run in your head as they do in those of her subjects.
- Penny Webb
Photography - Erica Lauthier
I have an artwork in the 
Belle Arti 2012 Prize Exhibition
Opening: 6 - 8 pm, Wednesday 12th December

Venue: Chapman and Bailey - 350 Johnston St, Abbotsford, Vic.
Judges: Sally Smart and Rosslynd Piggot  
Exhibition runs: 12 Dec 2012 - 26 Jan 2013
bandaids, paper, linen, pencil and acrylic on linen (2012)
*UPDATE*  - Thrilled to have been awarded a 'Highly Commended' for this work!

My work has been shortlisted for the PB Towage People's Choice Award, showing at the Atrium Gallery, World Trade Centre, Docklands. Opening: Thurs 8th November, 6- 8 pm (enter via Siddeley St).

A recent editorial illustration for 'The Place for Judgement in Postmodern Clinical Practice' 

Good news! I've been selected as a finalist in the  Mission to Seafarers ANL ART Prize. I have used discarded paper fragments from Australian Naval Department files of the 1930's and 40's to construct this collage. 
Exhibition: 5th - 31st October, Mission to Seafarers Victoria, 717 Flinders St, Docklands, Vic.
Hours: 12 - 7pm, Wed - Sun

Past Current
collage on paper (2012)

I've been working on some new collages. In an attempt to get rid of stuff, I threw Gombrich's 'Story of Art' in the recycling, then reconsidered...I couldn't resist ripping it up, then doing a little collage, with some old advertising brochures. I feel a little series coming on... 

My latest blog post features many nice diceClick here for more!

JULY 2012
This image was commissioned for the article 'The Four Faces of Depression', to be published in the August issue of Psychotherapy in Australia journal.
JUNE 2012
I created this image in response to the song 'Spiderinajarby the band IAMLOVEPROOF for their inaugural zine. 

APRIL 2012
I contributed images to Something Fine, a collaborative project based on encounters with first love.

MARCH 2012
I have a photographic piece in a show, 'Visions of Self and Others' at the Joyce McGrath Gallery at State Library Victoria
Opening: 3.30pm, Thursday 29th March, State Library Victoria
The exhibition will be officially opened by Sue Hamilton, Acting CEO and State Librarian.

Oh me oh my oh - Savina Hopkins
 (digital print)
This is a self-portrait carved into the trunk of a spotted gum tree. I documented the portrait over several seasons, watching it transform. As the shallow wound healed, it successively browned, cracked, and the bark shed. The line work of the original image thickened as gradually the image was both absorbed and erased by the continual growth of the tree.  My interest in the nature of ageing, the formation and disintegration of identity and memory via this process, and ultimately, my relationship with death all inform this work.

One of my latest editorial illustrations for the February issue of 'Psychotherapy in Australia'. The article by Michael Guy Thompson is "'A Road Less Travelled': The dark side of R.D.Laing's conception of authenticity".
I have some collages in the group show
You Are Here
Opening: 4.30pm, Wednesday 12th December

Venue: Stockroom Gallery - 98 Piper St, Kyneton, Vic.

Magnetic Passage - Savina Hopkins

My story & image of 'Antique Snails' is included in Leah Annetta's book 'Sunday Service: A History of the Camberwell Market'. 
Launch: 10 am, Sunday 5th November 2011, Camberwell Market, Camberwell, Vic.

I created the artwork for the book 'On Being a Supervisee' by Michael Carroll & Maria C. Gilbert. It is a collage piece, created from old suspension files used for filing cabinets. More colours than just 'manilla', I was pleased to discover!
I provided the image for The Shift Theatre's new production 'The Girls in Grey', showing at La Mama, Carlton. 
An illustration for an article 'Barking Mad: Too much therapy is never enough' by Andee Jones, published in the November issue of 'Psychotherapy in Australia' journal.