Art, Identity & Place

How wild places, deep time and archaeology inform my contemporary art process

Photographic record of Stromatolites

Hamelin Pool  Shark Bay Marine Park

Hamelin Pool
Shark Bay Marine Park

Stomatolite formation

Stromatolite formation occurs in four phases. Firstly filamentous cyanobacteria trap sand grains in mucous. Then heliotropic bacteria lay down a mucilaginous layer. Next sulphate-reducing bacteria form a layer of aragonite crystals. Lastly spherical cyanobacteria bore into this layer making tunnels into which are deposited reinforced crystals of aragonite.

Author: elainedesterre

I have been producing oil paintings, mixed media, prints (etching), digital prints and drawings for many years travelling to the Australian outback and overseas for inspiration and further education. My formal education consists of a PhD in painting and a BA in printmaking and my artwork is represented in public and private collections. My purpose and ongoing challenge is to create a gender-balanced and environment-focused iconography within the Western canon of European oil painting. These themes find expression within imagery about time, memory and identity as well as in geomorphology of evolutionary and environmental significance.

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