Inner Worlds

14 April - 4 June 2023


Jody Graham / Treasures of Truth/Hawkesbury Regional Gallery/April 2023

Inner Worlds is an exhibition that speaks about inspired action, awakening, grief, healing and empowerment. Artists Jody Graham (Australia), Nazanin Marashian (Iran) and Nastaran Ghadir (Iran) create work that draws audiences into immersive spaces of contemplation and connection to their ‘inner worlds’ through their personal daily ritual and contemplation.

Artist talk 27 May 2023 at the gallery

Treasures to Truth workshop Saturday 27th May 2023.

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Community Outline Drawing Project - The Foundations Portland NSW

The Squatters Residency, Portland NSW - March 2023

As an artist based in Sydney, my focus is primarily on drawing and pushing the boundaries of the traditional drawing experience through contemporary approaches. I am also passionate about travelling and going on artist residencies to create site-specific artworks that respond to the location, including its ecology, history, inhabitants, and potential future. When embarking on a residency, my goal is to produce fresh, innovative work that reflects the essence of the place. Through my creative vision, I seek to uncover unique aspects of the location and interpret my discoveries in a meaningful way.

I have a fresh community project concept that invites participation from members of the community. I am excited to pursue this project during my artist residency while at Portland in March 2023.

If you would like to participate in this project please come to The Annexe Portland Williwa Street, NSW
I will be on-site Sunday 12th, 19th and 26th of March 2023 between 11am – 2pm.

Hope to see you there!

VOILÀ - French Collection of Artworks


Dark Queen' 2023 charcoal on paper 130cm x 114cm 

VOILÀ 27 FEBRUARY — 18 MARCH 2023

Throughout history, the act of drawing has been an immediate response to the seen experience. The hand and eye work instinctively moving charcoal, ink, or pencil around paper — the resulting image revealing the essence of a subject in an  instant. From the intent laden robustness of Primitivism to the controlled erudition of classical compositions, great drawing has required the artist to scrutinise their subject and eliminate visual assumptions.

The ability to draw is the cornerstone to the act of making pictures. Line and tone are the strata that build the composition of the picture plane, which ultimately ensure the success of later layers of paint. Drawing, however, is much more than a substrate in the act of painting. The medium rewards effusive mark-making, allowing stories to be told and real or imagined worlds created. The artist that pursues a practice of looking and drawing is afforded great insights into the things that most of us pass by unwittingly.

Obsession is often friend of the artist. Jody Graham has dedicated her career to the pursuit of pushing the medium of drawing and indeed, its very definition to the outer limits. Every waking moment is dedicated to the interpretation of what she sees and feels. During her plein air drawing amongst the ancient streets of France, monuments became a particular fascination for Graham—marble and bronze odes to the detritus of civilisation drawn with visceral intent, echoing the act of sculpting itself.

Voilà is an exhibition of many parts yet speaks as one body of work, resulting from the artist’s residency in France in the latter part of 2022. Collectively, the installation is a window into the eclectic mind of an artist born to constantly move and draw. Exploration and experimentation have become complicit bedfellows in the creation of a narrative—one that explores beyond the street-based landscapes and into the hidden secrets of the layers of human habitation.

Through darkness and light, Graham draws out the personality of the places she worked. Her exhibition’s genesis is, in part, a homage to one of the great draftsmen of Australian art history, Brett Whiteley. In his seminal 1990 exhibition, Paris ‘Regard de Cote’, the catalogue epigraph poignantly says all that needs to be said about an artist’s enquiring vision.

He who sees further renders less

Of what he sees,

However much he renders.

Jean Cocteau.

Jody Graham is an artist who enquires deeply into places that are not her own and through her drawing reveals much about a broader world and the stories that have made us.

Ralph Hobbs
February, 2023

Nanda/Hobbs 

Art Collector - Ways of Seeing


'House Rat' - 102cm x 92cm- charcoal on paper

Art Collector - Ways of Seeing 

Drawings made in France are exhibited alongside over twenty larger charcoal artworks inspired by French architecture, bridges, and statues. The sense of movement coupled with the detritus of the French cultural landscape provides a constant thread throughout the body of work, manifesting in ink and mixed media drawings of French street scenes, flying pigeons and mixed media cut-outs of Pigeoneers.

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VOILÀ 27 FEBRUARY — 18 MARCH 2023

Exhibition opening...

Thursday, 2 March, 6 - 8pm

Artist Talk Saturday, 4 March 2pm

Nanda/Hobbs 
12 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Gallery Hours: 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday 11am - 4pm Saturday

Voilà is an exhibition of many parts yet speaks as one body of work, resulting from the artist’s residency in France in the latter part of 2022. Collectively, the installation is a window into the eclectic mind of an artist born to constantly move and draw. Exploration and experimentation have become complicit bedfellows in the creation of a narrative—one that explores beyond the street-based landscapes and into the hidden secrets of the layers of human habitation.

excerpt VOILÀ- Ralph Hobbs February, 2023

Voilà - French Collection - Nanda/Hobbs 2 - 18 March 2023

 Voilà - French Collection - Jody Graham
 2 – 18 March 2023

For years I have held a desire to immerse myself in France – from the architecture to the everyday moments that are intrinsic to the lives of the people. After years of waiting, I traveled around France for three months.  I expected to be excited by French architecture –and I was! However, I was surprised by the constant delight I felt drawing the neoclassical statues that abound in the capital.

The genesis of the idea to travel and draw in France was sharpened by delving into Brett Whitley’s 1989 “Paris Regard de Côté” – where he explored his drawing virtuosity while depicting the essence of his artistic inspiration in Paris.

The challenge for me was to work on a series of drawings that challenged my skill as a draftsperson, creating a body of work that exhibited my creative vision of France. I wanted to explore the range of drawing approaches and mediums –and how the act of creation could influence the essence of my vision for a place so steeped in history.

Voilà in French can mean, “look there, or “there you go” in English. I use it as an expression of accomplishment and success. ‘Voila’ accurately describes in French my journey as an artist to create drawings that appear effortless and natural. In English ‘Voila’ truthfully represents all the blood, sweat, and tears the ongoing dedication it takes to proclaim… Voilà!

Nanda/Hobbs Gallery

12-14 Meagher Street, Chippendale, NSW, 2008
P +61 2 8599 800

Sound Drawing – Avant-Garde Weirdo meets Road Kill Artist - Jody Graham & Mark Cauvin


image credit: Graeme Wienand

Exhibition and Performance with creative duo Jody Graham and Mark Cauvin 

Exhibition - Thursday 8th/Saturday 10th/Sunday 11th/Saturday 17th December 2022 Gallery hours 11am - 4pm

Exhibition opening and Performance - Saturday 10th December, 2 - 5pm, performance start time 3pm.

Venue: Chrissie Cotter Gallery 31A Pidcock St, Camperdown NSW 2050

Jody and Mark have over the last 24 months been consistently rehearsing and working on new ideas and concepts connected to sound, drawing, and performance through improvisation and experimentation. Their objectives are to inspire audiences with new sounds and visual representations, most recently at the Soundout Festival in Canberra’s Drill Hall Gallery in June 2022 and Art Zoyd Studio in Paris.

2022 Hornsby Art Prize - Winner 3D

The Hornsby Art Prize is an annual art award and exhibition organised and sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council and delivered in partnership with the Hornsby Art Society. The Hornsby Art Prize is aimed at encouraging the creative talents of people and providing a showcase for their works.

Jody Graham - Drawn from the Discarded - Winner - sculpture Award


bones, mannequin arm, umbrella handle, sticks rope and twine

Artist statement
I walk long distances, constantly collecting discarded, bones, broken brooms, twisted branches, old doll parts, string, rope, and any other treasures that come into my path. When I find castoff and broken items, I enjoy thinking about the life the object had before I found it. This is especially interesting to me, just as much as transforming and extending its life.

Alongside my daily stride, I seek new ways to explore how to make marks. To do this I often abandon traditional drawing and painting techniques in search of new methodologies which connect the drawing experience to a fundamental need to make marks. The relentless desire to search for new drawing approaches has led me back into sculpture. Making three dimensional forms was my first love before drawing and I think it’s interesting how I have naturally come back to it.

Drawn from the Discarded are a collection of drawing implements I made from objects found on the side of the road while walking about.

The Hornsby Art Prize Finalists’ Exhibition

The Hornsby Art Prize Finalists’ Exhibition will be held from Wednesday 19 – Sunday 30 October 2022

Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Ave, Hornsby
Open: 10am-4pm daily
On exhibition: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing and 3D Works

Greenway Art Prize - Finalist

Happy to announce I am a finalist in The Greenway Art Prize in two sections.

The Sculpture Prize with 'Urban Beauty' and the Open Prize with ' Urban Explorers' which is a collaborative artwork with Mark Cauvin

Exhibition Opening and prize announcements Friday 28th October 2022 at Sydney Bus Museum

Exhibition runs 29th October - 13 November 2022 - 10 -4 daily.

Image: Jody Graham 'Urban Beauty' detail - broken urban detritus found walking to and on the Greenway Corridor and a QR code 2minutes with accompanying audio

BIG Draw - JADA Art Battle

Jody Graham is one of eight artists who have been selected to participate in The Big Draw at Grafton Regional Gallery, 158 Fitzroy Street Grafton, NSW, 2460 Saturday 24 September 2022 from 4pm to 6pm.

Is the pencil mightier than the sword? 8 Artists will go into battle to duke it out in a time limited live art competition as part of the Big Draw Festival with winners being decided by the audience. The winner will be awarded with the title of 'Battle Supreme' and receives a rather fetching trophy as well as bragging rights.

Date and time - Sat 24 September 2022/4:00 pm – 6:00 pm AEST
Location - Grafton Regional Gallery, 158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton, NSW 2460

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Entry is free but bookings are preferred and can be made here

Hornsby Art Prize 2022


Jody Graham - Drawn from the Discarded - bones, mannequin arm, umbrella handle, sticks rope and twine

The Hornsby Art Prize will be on exhibition at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Ave, Hornsby, from 19 to 30 October 2022.

Award Night will be held on Saturday 22 October 2022 from 6pm.

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Drawn from the Discarded are a collection of drawing implements I made from objects found walking about in urban alleyways, on the side of the road and in the bush.

I walk a lot, constantly collecting discarded material such as bones, twisted branches, string, rope, and any other treasures that come into my path. When I find castoff and broken items, I think about the life of the object and how I can transform and extend its existence.

Alongside my daily stride, I seek new ways to explore how to make marks. To do this I often abandon traditional drawing and painting techniques in search of new methodologies which connect the drawing experience to a fundamental need to make marks.

The relentless desire to search for new drawing approaches has led me into making sculptures.

Jody Graham 16/9/22

Footprints Ecofestival Workshop

A celebration of sustainability

Whites Creek Valley Park - Corner of Piper and White Streets, Annandale
Saturday September 2022 11am - 3pm

Use the link to book into Jody’s Graham free drawing workshops at 12 noon and 1.45pm
Eco-friendly drawing workshop 

Rediscover and regenerate at our Spring sustainability festival and reconnect with local environmental initiatives.

Join us for information and market stalls, workshops, talks, tours, food and entertainment for the whole family.

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