Art, Identity & Place

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

‘Painting’ with Paper

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Snowfields 2, 2016, viscosity print and hand made paper, 50x35cm

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Snowfield 1, 2016, viscosity print and hand made papers, 50×35 cm

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Littoral

I began with a stiff cardboard plate onto which I made rock-like texture with modelling paste mixed with glad wrap. I wasn’t happy with the viscosity prints that were far too gluggy. Time passed then I got an urge to tear then into the pieces. In collage mode I rearranged the various pieces that partly held together.

I added differently textured hand made papers of varying thickness which I torn into shapes that became a balanced composition.  A deeply coloured and  heavily textured foreground was toned down by an application of a semi transparent sheet of hand made paper in Snowfield 2.  Part of the structure from the viscosity print remained in Snowfields 1 and distant mountains tied in with layers of collage building the foreground. The last image titled Littoral and is totally abstracted through juxtaposition of ghost printed textural papers of varying thickness and randomly torn shapes.

 

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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