Art, Identity & Place

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

‘Painting’ a Sand Dune at Lake Mungo

This painting began in 2003 when I explored Lake Mungo for the second time doing small sketches and taking frottage on hand made paper from hardened clay of the now arid lake surface. I wanted to understand the hidden structure of this area that sat upon the Gol Gol formation.

I lost my way half way through the painting and started with a horizontal format as I tried to capture the expanse of the area. So the title changed from Lake Mungo Memory to ‘Painting’ a Sand Dune at Lake Mungo. This idea conflicted with how I imagined a depiction of the way colour, red from nearby hills, deposited on the lunette producing and earthy pink tinge into the sand that was then ‘sculpted’ by rain into small pyramid shapes.

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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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