Home’s where the art is for Mia Schoen

Urban art: Mia Schoen has work on display at the Hume Global Learning Centre. Picture: Scott McNaughtonMIA Schoen says her Craigieburn exhibition of paintings will depict images familiar to the people of Hume.
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The Jacana artist will this week launch an exhibition of about 50 works from her collection whose paintings span almost 20 years.

Her Shadow, Texture, Time exhibition focuses on the progression of housing developments and suburbia, particularly the suburbs of Hume.

“It was hard to think of a name [for the exhibition] because it covers such a broad spectrum. The last half of it is about new housing development and the area includes where I live in Jacana,” she said on the eve of the exhibition launch.

“But the newest paintings are from a trip to Florida. I went there to have a look at some abandoned housing estates; there’s a huge amount because of the global financial crisis.

“All the houses they started building they had to leave. They’re covered by plant life and look really spooky.”

Ms Schoen says she’s excited that the exhibition is being held at the new gallery in the Hume Global Learning Centre at Craigieburn because it’s surrounded by new housing developments which inspired some of her work.

“A lot of the people will see familiar scenes; I like the idea of familiarity,” she says.

Hume mayor Ros Spence sees the exhibition as an example of the creative talent living and working in Hume.

“This is exactly what council envisaged when we included the gallery as part of the new global learning centre,” she said.

“We want to give local artists like Mia Schoen the opportunity to exhibit their work in their own community.”

The exhibition is open until August 31.