I have been working on a “forest”theme lately…quite timely as we’ve had massive bushfires here in Australia, so far destroying more then 12 million hectares and killing 25 people but also over a billion creatures, some endangered, in these forests and national parks. My paintings explore the idea of forest, what it means to me and others, and our memories, sometimes of beautiful places now lost. The works I’ll show here are of imagined places, and the multiple images show my process. The paintings are near to completion but I’m not totally satisfied yet.
The first work is titled “Forest dance” and is 35x35cm(14x14in). This one is probably finished. The painting on the right is the final piece.
The second painting is titled “Dry forest with fallen branches”, 75x75cm(30x30in), and needs some more work. The painting on the bottom right is the most recent rendition. Hope this helps you understand my process.
Beginning of each month I’ll upload images of one or more artworks, and discuss these in terms of my practice. Usually the pieces will be my own works, but potentially other famous and familiar images can be shown.
These images represent unfathomable mystery and even danger. The notion that the superficial surface of things hiding the unseen and even unknowable is something that I’ve often played with, and these two images with gentle patterns and reflections lead the viewer to contemplate “what lies beneath”. When we examine our psyche many unknown and fearful emotions and memories rise up from the depths. In a previous solo exhibition, The Art of Exploration (2006), I dwelt on the idea of hidden depths, water and journeying into the unknown places of the psyche. Water is often used as a symbol of these concepts, and I continue to explore these ideas in my work. If we research this symbol it’s evident that “water” is universal in it’s meaning(s) including that of purification. Ironically water is needed to cleanse what’s hidden beneath its own depths!
On the level of aesthetics I’ve always found water patterns intriguing and beautiful, and these two digital images are both beautiful and haunting. Green and blue are the natural colours of the medium, and I’ve allowed the ripples to be accented to emphasise this patterning.They feel complete in their simplictity. Pool, pond, river edge, or ocean? This is left up to the viewer and their imagination.