Elaine d'Esterre

Feminist Visual Artist – Paintings, Mixed Media and Etchings

Oil painting (in Brachina Gorge) – early stages

In this large oil painting my imagery is about a human intimate connection with nature rather than seeing nature and as an example of the sublime.

I incorporated a frottage taken from part of the gorge into the composition. The solitary eye depicted beside the frottage, done with graphite on rice paper refers to a tradition in the late 18th century before the invention of photography where lovers exchanged an image of one of their eyes painted as if part of a jewellery on a type of brooch.

A rectangular shape could be a doorway and on the right is a fossil shape that refers to those found in that area that are 500 million years old examples of first animal life.

I’m sure that as stages develop the composition will need simplification.

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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