Elaine d'Esterre

Feminist Visual Artist – Paintings, Mixed Media and Etchings


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Latest Exhibition titled “Littoral”

Invitation from Elaine d'Esterre

Invitation from Elaine d’Esterre

Everyone is welcome and I hope that you can pop in for a chat and view all the gallery’s artwork at your leisure.

Artworks in this exhibition consist of large oil painting, gouache and pastel, frottage and etching collaged onto handmade paper and small etchings. The title “Littoral” refers to the seashore, between tide lines as they meet the rocky outcrop forming a small promontory called Point Roadknight which contains, in part, unusual mineralised shapes sometimes called “the petrified forest”.

Within the artwork in this small exhibition at 69 Smith Street Gallery I explored,  observed, responded, interpreted  and created fantasies about several themes about this environment.  Firstly, the loss through persistent erosion of an intriguing landform, then how some of its elements resembled ancient ruins now lost to the sea. Landscape as memento mori?

Then I depicted a figurative image, a diver who unlike the Narcissus mythic figure, (often used in allegory to describe the process of looking), grasped  meaning from beneath surface reflection.

As well there are 2 small etchings in which I express my romantic streak by depicting craggy rocks at sunrise concentrating on light and shadow. Some other works’ titles are self-explanatory such as, Point Roadknight Erosion, Entablature, the Weathered Columns and Resurface 2.


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Behind the Scenes at LANDforms Exhibition

Many friends behind the scenes ensured that all preparations for my LANDforms Exhibition ran smoothly. Apologies for my very average photography in this blog.

Amazing amounts of organisation: labels, “Artist Statement”, “CV” and blurbs placed on core board, the catalogue accompanied by a list of my artworks in “Public Collections” as well as the packing, transporting and then the hanging of 35 items, are thanks to Natalie Utmar and and Gavin Cross who also arranged the lighting and highlighting of the paintings and etchings.

The gallery provided input from their curator, Patricia Goldby whose suggestions about artwork placement, lighting and the finer points about presentation were invaluable. (More about this in my next blog.)

Added to everyone’s focussed efforts,  the gallery committee members were helpful and collaboration at all stages ran smoothly.

Preparations for Saturday’s Opening, October 24  from 4 – 6pm are under way. In gallery 1, guitar soloist Gavin Cross will be performing a mixture of Classical, Latin and Jazz compositions to add to our enjoyment as well as tapas, olives and nibbles and the wine sourced from the Wolseley Winery situated in the Surf Coast hinterland behind Bells Beach and Anglesea at Paraparap, as well as bubbly and mineral water.  Hopefully good music combined with wine, food, conversation and the artwork contribute an entertaining and stimulating afternoon.