• EXHIBITIONS

    2020 - SMALKOWSKI


    Exhibition dates: 1 - 31 JULY 2020

    Mirrored Bonds

    In 2019, Sue undertook a trip to the MacDonnell Ranges in the Northern Territory, immersing herself in the tradition of plein air painting. This was, of course, in a time before a global pandemic, which has forced so many of us into isolation. It was a time when we could traverse state and international borders. The paintings that emerged from this trip have been finished in the solitude of her studio.

    Sue states; “I am fortunate to live on the NSW South Coast and the ocean is at my front door. I can see, hear and smell its sometime pounding, often soothing presence. I have melded my trip to the MacDonnell ranges with paintings from my coastal surrounds. I wish to evoke for the viewer a sense of immersion in these vastly different vistas, a sense of connectedness, of respect for the beauty and complexity of these unique Australian landscapes”. 
     

    Nature offers up a myriad of contours and the mark-making in these paintings and drawings, the deliberate splashes of magenta, red, pink and lilac, push conceptions of how to represent the natural world of the central Australian desert and the Illawarra coast.  This current exhibition evokes the calligraphic-like shapes and variances of Australia’s flora and fauna. It conjures the natural world in abstract—but each pushes the viewer to reassess differing the shapes and symbolism of these desert and coastal terrains.

    The parring back, scrapping and thick layering of oil on canvas reveals the intricate and mirrored bond between the undulating East MacDonald ranges at times highlighted by the setting sun glows of pink and orange. Nestled in the arid soil are hummocks of spinifex, their bluish green, drought-proof leaves rolled in. Towering above them, the ghost gums appear ethereal in contrast to the majestic fire-red ranges, enveloped at midday by the pure blue sky.

    As Sue observes; “In my coastal home, adjacent ecosystems intertwine. I live in a narrow coastal plain sandwiched between a rainforest escarpment and pristine beaches dotted with wetland, ancient boat sheds and a natural amphitheatre from which to gaze out at the ocean. In times of global isolation this vista must be shared. It brings, serenity, beauty, calmness and appreciation. My time spent in isolation finessing the pulses and hues of ever-changing natural vistas encourages me, and, hopefully those who view my paintings, to reflect on Australia’s unique but majestic environment.”

    Dr Robyn Morris
    LHA, University of Wollongong

     

    Mirrored Bonds

    In 2019, Sue undertook a trip to the MacDonnell Ranges in the Northern Territory, immersing herself in the tradition of plein air painting. This was, of course, in a time before a global pandemic, which has forced so many of us into isolation. It was a time when we could traverse state and international borders. The paintings that emerged from this trip have been finished in the solitude of her studio.

    Sue states; “I am fortunate to live on the NSW South Coast and the ocean is at my front door. I can see, hear and smell its sometime pounding, often soothing presence. I have melded my trip to the MacDonnell ranges with paintings from my coastal surrounds. I wish to evoke for the viewer a sense of immersion in these vastly different vistas, a sense of connectedness, of respect for the beauty and complexity of these unique Australian landscapes”. 
     

    Nature offers up a myriad of contours and the mark-making in these paintings and drawings, the deliberate splashes of magenta, red, pink and lilac, push conceptions of how to represent the natural world of the central Australian desert and the Illawarra coast.  This current exhibition evokes the calligraphic-like shapes and variances of Australia’s flora and fauna. It conjures the natural world in abstract—but each pushes the viewer to reassess differing the shapes and symbolism of these desert and coastal terrains.

    The parring back, scrapping and thick layering of oil on canvas reveals the intricate and mirrored bond between the undulating East MacDonald ranges at times highlighted by the setting sun glows of pink and orange. Nestled in the arid soil are hummocks of spinifex, their bluish green, drought-proof leaves rolled in. Towering above them, the ghost gums appear ethereal in contrast to the majestic fire-red ranges, enveloped at midday by the pure blue sky.

    As Sue observes; “In my coastal home, adjacent ecosystems intertwine. I live in a narrow coastal plain sandwiched between a rainforest escarpment and pristine beaches dotted with wetland, ancient boat sheds and a natural amphitheatre from which to gaze out at the ocean. In times of global isolation this vista must be shared. It brings, serenity, beauty, calmness and appreciation. My time spent in isolation finessing the pulses and hues of ever-changing natural vistas encourages me, and, hopefully those who view my paintings, to reflect on Australia’s unique but majestic environment.”

    Dr Robyn Morris
    LHA, University of Wollongong