The exhibition opening was successful with sales and inquiring comments, a poetry reading by Patricia Sykes who composed a poem titled Desert Poet in response to one of my paintings and much discussion about ideas informing our work and the way that Curator Sally Groom created a visual dialogue between the images.
Everyone is welcome and I hope that you can pop in for a chat and view all the gallery’s artwork at your leisure.
Artworks in this exhibition consist of large oil painting, gouache and pastel, frottage and etching collaged onto handmade paper and small etchings. The title “Littoral” refers to the seashore, between tide lines as they meet the rocky outcrop forming a small promontory called Point Roadknight which contains, in part, unusual mineralised shapes sometimes called “the petrified forest”.
Within the artwork in this small exhibition at 69 Smith Street Gallery I explored, observed, responded, interpreted and created fantasies about several themes about this environment. Firstly, the loss through persistent erosion of an intriguing landform, then how some of its elements resembled ancient ruins now lost to the sea. Landscape as memento mori?
Then I depicted a figurative image, a diver who unlike the Narcissus mythic figure, (often used in allegory to describe the process of looking), grasped meaning from beneath surface reflection.
As well there are 2 small etchings in which I express my romantic streak by depicting craggy rocks at sunrise concentrating on light and shadow. Some other works’ titles are self-explanatory such as, Point Roadknight Erosion, Entablature, the Weathered Columns and Resurface 2.