Art, Identity & Place

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

Lake Mungo

Background 

It is several years since my last trip to Lake Mungo when I saw how drought had reshaped part of the lunette by filling in gullies between dunes evident in the Featured Image.

Method

I placed handmade paper over some of the clay pan and took rubbings or frottage which, later in my studio, I incorporated into a composition. Or should I say the composition formed its self gradually around the frottage. Graphite pencil and powder, pastel and oil paint gradually built up in layers that ranged from semi opaque to semi transparent as I tried to capture an ethereal atmosphere and feeling of constant change and transition caused by weather conditions and the red silt deposited on the dune from causing it to become a soft pink.

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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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