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Passing impressions during a drive through the rural countryside of the Southern Highlands NSW.
Glyphs of nature and the remnants of her subjugation combine in this frieze – the numina are both natural and man-caused. The colour green is the colour of grace and acceptance – it is the soothing matrix from which all things are born. The life force of nature is expressed in crystalline emerald green. An ocean contained in a dewdrop. The road and the river describe opposite curves – the cascade and the fallen butterfly are the end-signals of this trend. At the left the Storm Bird calls. I love the haunted urgency of the Koel’s cry, connected somehow to storm clouds and rain. There is the hint of a metaphor of annexation as the male with the demon eye peeps out of the berry bush ready to fly home (the Koel is a migratory cuckoo from New Guinea that lays its eggs in the Wattle Birds nest). Lime and emerald green suit well the allegorical ellipsis – perilous abundance, the story of water. To flatten out the narrative it was necessary to infuse the sky in this colour and only at each extremity is the power of a dark cobalt sky.

 

Protected with Golden UVLS varnish. Total width 5.6m – each panel 122cm x 92cm x 2cm. Painted January 2018.

Call of the Koel (The Preciousness of Water)

Tillian

AUD$2,800
Size: 560w x 92h x 2d cms
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Frieze of six panels constructed using high quality cradled panels, heavy body acrylic and flow acrylic paints, collage and found objects

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Passing impressions during a drive through the rural countryside of the Southern Highlands NSW.
Glyphs of nature and the remnants of her subjugation combine in this frieze – the numina are both natural and man-caused. The colour green is the colour of grace and acceptance – it is the soothing matrix from which all things are born. The life force of nature is expressed in crystalline emerald green. An ocean contained in a dewdrop. The road and the river describe opposite curves – the cascade and the fallen butterfly are the end-signals of this trend. At the left the Storm Bird calls. I love the haunted urgency of the Koel’s cry, connected somehow to storm clouds and rain. There is the hint of a metaphor of annexation as the male with the demon eye peeps out of the berry bush ready to fly home (the Koel is a migratory cuckoo from New Guinea that lays its eggs in the Wattle Birds nest). Lime and emerald green suit well the allegorical ellipsis – perilous abundance, the story of water. To flatten out the narrative it was necessary to infuse the sky in this colour and only at each extremity is the power of a dark cobalt sky.

 

Protected with Golden UVLS varnish. Total width 5.6m – each panel 122cm x 92cm x 2cm. Painted January 2018.

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