The Northcote 2006 High Vibes Festival gets an artistic lift with an exhibition exploring music and the rhythms of life in nude paintings, mythical artworks and high relief abstracts. For Jennie Rosenbaum this exhibition is a symbol of everything she has worked towards since becoming permanently disabled in a car accident two years ago.

Following a car accident in 2004, Jennie has found solace and a new life in painting and drawing.

While her disability could have been a disaster, Jennie has turned her life around to focus on art and forging a new career for herself. The body has become her focus as she explores the beauty of the nude body, focussing on themes like sensuality, expression and strength. Her works are highly emotive and rich, indicative of her own issues with her body image, beauty, sexuality and physicality.

“I feel a deep connection to the body, it’s beauty and fragility” she says, “When I paint, the pain becomes a distant roar and I can focus on creating something powerful. I like to highlight the beauty and sensuality around us, in all women.” For Jennie, the key to a good painting is empathy. “I like to generate an emotional response from my viewers. I count a piece as successful if I can make a viewer empathize with the subject in the painting, or feel a connection through their own subconscious.”

About the Exhibition

Jennie Rosenbaum will be exhibiting with fellow artists Melinda McCarthy and Frank Duyker to create a powerful and emotional exhibition at the Vanguard Gallery in Northcote. As well as the official opening on the 20th of September, there will be an evening of music and drinks with the artists during the festival itself with a band in the gallery. The High Vibes music festival has “rapidly expanded reflecting the changes taking place in the Northcote area as it becomes one of inner Melbourne’s most innovative and exciting music, arts and entertainment precincts”. The works in this exhibition will range from Melinda’s highly spiritual and mythical works, Jennie’s powerful figurative pieces and Frank’s abstract textural pieces with strong sculptural elements, creating a cohesive and striking exhibition with something for every viewer. Rhythm of Life, Ancient and Abstract will run from the 19th of September to the 7th of October with opening celebrations on the 20th between 6 and 8pm at Vanguard Gallery, 234 High St Northcote. The High Vibes Festival is on the 24th of September. For further information contact Jennie Rosenbaum. [/learn_more]

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