Art, Identity & Place

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

Desert Poet

I began this painting last year and it has gone through more permutations than usual because every time I attempted the next layer with what I thought was the central idea, the idea behind the composition changed, and kept changing even though I was sure I had settled on the theme, the statement and the formal considerations of colour, texture etc. On the bottom of the image the texture was real, not simulated, and I think this caused the chopping and changing. Sometimes when checking technical remedies, still I  kept ‘hitting a wall’ .  Any reminders of other solutions to this type of hitch would be most welcome.

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I tried to capture the essential mental activity of the Poet when  writing, taking notes, observations both visual and auditory, and musing about poetry in the desert when we visited Lake Mungo National Park.

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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