AN interest in the way in which different cultures influence each other has inspired a central coast woman, Vivienne Binns, to explore what it means to be an artist in Australia.
A selection of Binns' artworks will be on show at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre this month.
Binns said she was pleased to have her works selected for the exhibition.
"It is an interesting project to put myself and Hossein Valamanesh together," she said.
"That intrigued me because I wouldn't immediately have thought I would be comfortable being coupled with Hossein as an artist.
"But I am very pleased and I am looking forward to seeing how the exhibition will treat both of our works."
Binns said at one point in her life she decided to look at the various cultures that surrounded Australia, like the Pacific Islands and Asia.
"I have always loved patterning so I went to a number of Pacific arts festivals," she said.
"I went to one in the Cook Islands and I came across the Tongan people . . . and they would sing, dance and bring their traditional crafts. I was specifically interested in the patterns they would [put] in their tapas. I used some of those patterns as a basis for a number of my works."
She said painting the patterns into her works allowed her to meditate on the idea of Australia's relationship with the Pacific Islands.
"That became a way for me to enter into the idea of what it means for Australia's population to live in this part of the world," Binns said.
"But also the way we have absorbed the patterns and culture without even knowing.
"I always grew up with mats and baskets that were made in the Pacific and I didn't even know it."
When: July 19 to September 7.
Where: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, casulapowerhouse.com or 9824 1121.