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22 Mar 2021

Kathie Najar’s portal into another world

Art, culture and nature hold a special place in Kathie Najar’s heart.

As an artist with a strong affinity with Sydney’s native flora and fauna, the Chatswood-based artist is inviting visitors to step into another world as part of her latest artistic creation.

A first-time exhibitor in Australia’s premier outdoor sculpture exhibition, Sculpture at Scenic World, Najar’s artwork will transform the Blue Mountains rainforest into an outdoor art gallery from April 1 – May 2.

Crafted of hand painted ceramic tiles resting on the rainforest floor, Najar’s artwork, Departure Pool, draws inspiration from a doorway at the Cordoba Mosque in Spain and native species from Sydney’s north shore.

The result is an eclectic mix of art, nature and culture that Najar hopes will present audiences with a portal into another world.

“Visual arts experiences are a platform for sharing skills and knowledge, and inviting conversations on new ways to make sense of our world,” she said.

Discussing her latest artwork, Najar hopes to make people aware of their own subjectivities and open them up to worlds of other possibilities.

“It will give audiences a sense of other worldliness, in that life is bigger than what we see,” she said. “It’s really playing with perceptions and giving a sense of a world beyond our own small worlds where differences can coexist harmoniously.” 

Describing the key theme of her artwork, Najar said the explanation was simple: “The world is not finite.”

Art and nature enthusiasts can experience Kathie Najar’s Departure Pool at the 2021 Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition, held in the heart of the Blue Mountains from April 1 – May 2.

The exhibition will showcase dozens of world class artworks amid Scenic World’s rainforest for four weeks, transforming the Scenic Walkway to an open air art gallery in the Blue Mountains. 

The exhibition also features an extensive public program, including an exhibition of smaller works at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and larger sculptures at a number of iconic venues across the Upper Mountains.

Visit for more details on exhibiting artists and more.