I’ve thought and reflected quite a bit since my first wander through this exhibition. And I’ve contacted two of the artists whose work, in particular, gave me pause for thought. Thank you, Glenda Orr and Emma Lindsay for your permission. So far, I have not found a website for Liz Mahood or been able to contact her, but here is a link to Liz’s work for this exhibition and a link to the Gallery
There are, of course, other pieces in this grouping that I can’t show you here;they involve complex audio accompaniment. But here is one view of “Coalface” which, to me, was really scary.Not only the mining of the “black gold” but its shipping, so fraught with danger!
But,as when I look,really look, at another person’s impression of things my neurons fire. I do need to get back to ink!
In a display case “A Cabinet For Curiosities” is a key to some of the artifacts and techniques used. Of interest to me was Glenda Orr’s accidental use in photography of the small magnifying lenses she uses when etching. I also have one such loupe and am now moved to keep it with my camera, rather than the ‘phone book.(why are ‘phone books in such impossibly small fonts!Maybe it’s just the old eyes…)
And Orr has used sap, sometimes diluted, in her gridded paintings “Sky Map.”
She shows her test strip here:
Liz Mahood’s piece looks far less innocuous when seen alongside her poem/statement.
And Emma Lindsay’s plea for the Black-throated Finch is dark and stark.
Time doesn’t allow me to post more, but if any Australians have this travelling exhibition coming to a gallery near you…it’s well worth seeing.