The Other Side: An Exhibition By The Rabbit Hole


This art show felt sensory, imaginative, colourful. Paintings and illustrations that triggered philosophical questions, art pieces that left you with questions; everyone’s imagination was wandering on this night. Live music filled the space and captivated all of our senses and a cocktail bar resembling a science experiment cornered the room. Conversational volume grew and filled that old warehouse with character tonight.

Natasha and Patryk Pawlowski, founders of The Rabbit Hole, created a space to reveal the hidden artistic talent of Perth on Saturday evening. A studio space had been converted into a multi-sensory art experience. Painters, illustrators, musicians and admirers gathered into one big room, stimulating the often neglected, creative side of our brains. 

Each individual’s piece showed mesmerising talent, yet chatting to the artists revealed their humble and inquisitive nature. Painter, Bertie Louise used five vivid colours to bring a mundane view of the Stirling Highway to life. Artist, Steve Browne translated fear into curiosity through large black and white canvases; dark in colour yet beautiful in meaning. Andy Faraday and Hayley Welsh collaborated to open dialogue towards the world of dreams and consciousness.

“My paintings all come down to, when you are a little kid, you have adults telling you to be afraid of certain things because they’re afraid of them. If you don’t have adults telling you to be afraid, you become curious.” Steve Browne explained as he points to his black and white canvas of astronauts, children’s faces and disappearing ladders.

“There’s so much beauty in the things we’re afraid of,” said Browne.

A world that is often disconnected, chaotic, driven by fear, politics, logic and the 9-5 grind. Why would the world need an art show right now?

Why does the world even need art?

“I think the world isn’t fast paced, it’s not bad, there aren’t these things, but we put those things there,” said Steve Browne.

The public was able to understand hidden meaning behind paintings and illustrations as creatives wandered around explaining how their emotions materialized into art. Paintings that seemed like just a pretty picture often revealed a deeper story and metaphorical meaning. Many artists explained how art is their method of escapism and a way of making sense of the world.

One painting is divided into eight pieces; a puzzle. People move around the pieces all night long, attempting to make sense of the picture. Only to stand back and realize each piece of the puzzle fits in an abstract way. We’re always searching for the missing piece, which is often nonexistent.

I asked Bertie Louise why the world needs art. “It’s not about the money,” she said.

“People need events like this. It brings together community. The colour gives you pleasure, endorphins. It draws you closer to people.”

The Rabbit Hole hosted an extraordinary event. The collaboration of Perth creatives, collective inspiration and the stimulation of our often sleepy, conscious mind.