Gaylene Earl – Artists Statement - 2017.
PLAYING WITH PAPER/OFF THE GRID/RECYCLE SERIES
I am concerned with mark making and discovery in a work and endeavor to arrest the viewer’s attention and draw them into the painting.
My love and concern for the natural environment has seen me experimenting with satisfying ways to express that concern since 2006.
Off the Grid/Recycle Series – 2017
Not wasting, recycling and reducing our impact on nature. This is often at odds with my creative process/life. Thus I hoard all my leftover and/or unsuccessful paintings, painted paper, anything of beauty or potential reuse.
My recent “Off the Grid/Recycle Series”arises from returning to play with these “leftovers”. To date three works “Red”, “Green/Grey”, “Purple” others forming in my mind.
2006 – 2010 Landscape Subdivision Series, referenced early settler – use/abuse of clear, bulldoze, burn, farm and lifestyle. A montage grid format, cut and reconstructed paintings, underscored the ongoing ubiquitous subdivision.
Those intense works offered the viewer various ways into the landscape, to discover beauty or desolation, a grand or intimate view.
2011- 2012 Playing with Paper Series. A shimmering cascade of colour,to be read and explored as aspects of nature. Large scale and lack visual reference engulfed the viewer to engage them in a contemplation of the detail that makes the whole.
2012- 2016 Stacked Landscapes. A sense of place achieved through colour and mark making captured the experience of a week hike in the Dart and Rees Valleys.
I continue to experiment.
Poems arise and often accompany a work.
Gaylene Earl 2017
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