15 May - 18 July
Exhibition launch: Saturday 15 May 2021, 2-4pm
Gina Sinozich was born in Senovik, Istria (Croatia) 1930, secretly migrated to Australia in 1957 and moved into her home in Casula, Australia in 2000 where she lived until her death in 2020.
Gina first started painting when she was 70 years old and was a prolific painter, painting nearly every day for almost 20 years. Initially painting on found materials, the self-taught artist documented her personal experiences and world events that impacted on her personally.
Many of the experiences Gina documented were traumatic – the atrocities of World War II, fleeing to a new land and not being able to tell her family, a terrifying childbirth, her husband Eugen’s dementia and global issues she watched through the news such as the Iraqi war and environmental losses. However, joy and optimism can also be found in her work –her deep religious beliefs, her gardens, Australian flora and fauna, pop culture icons and especially her own family.
GINA is an exhibition that brings together works from Gina’s artistic career to tell her personal story. This is the story of a woman who used art as a way to cope and overcome the difficult experiences of her life but also to capture all of the beauty, love and joy that filled her life.
GINA is an exhibition that has been in development for a number of years prior to the artist’s death in 2020. Gina was a great storyteller and gave a number of interviews over the years, this exhibition draws from these interviews to allow Gina's own words to add to the exhibition narrative. Casula Powerhouse also extends our thanks and gratitude to Gina’s children for filling in gaps and helping ensure that the exhibition that Gina planned has been brought to fruition.
Gina’s work is held in major and private collections around the world including National Gallery Australia, ACT; Australian Maritime Museum, NSW; The Australian War Memorial, ACT; Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral, Rijeka, Croatia and an extensive collection held by Liverpool Council at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.