Now showing at FORM Studio and Gallery is a group show of abstracted landscape paintings by Claire Primrose and Lorna Crane and a series of ceramic sculptures by local artist Maxine Price. All three artists are responding to the concept of travelling through time in three separate, yet cohesive ways.
Maxine Price has responded to the theme through narrative. She is portraying the ancient Greek Myth Daedalus and Icarus – a well-known story that unfortunately ends in tragedy as Icarus, in spite of his father’s warnings, flew too close to the sun. The sun melted his glorious handmade wings, and Icarus plunged to his untimely death. It is also a story about the powerful love between parent and child, and the risks and lengths a parent will take to protect their child. Time to Go depicts this emotion , displaying a double bust of Icarus and Daedalus side by side and the figures almost appear like they are in conversation. She has included a protective wing wrapping the two together. The work is both technically brilliant and visually powerful.
Claire Primrose was inspired by a recent trip to Japan, where at a train station outside Tokyo she noticed layers and layers of peeled back paint, revealing an overlooked private history. What was particularly interesting was that it hadn’t been covered up. Says Claire I am interested in recreating patinas found in everyday urban public places and spaces. Such patinas are often marked by time and are browned, weathered, stained, scratched back, scuffed and repaired. They represent the shiny new of yesterday and the forgotten and discarded of today.
These markings have been created by the public through everyday use – almost like a collaborative art installation created by unwitting participants. I am recreating these public installations to draw attention to that which has previously been overlooked to discover beauty within the decayed.
White paint is used in my work to symbolise a freshening up or cleaning up. My patinas are often void of any particular logical or literal meaning but command closer inspection due to their ambiguity.
Lorna Crane too, is also interested in fragments and layers from the overlooked. In her torn series- she has reassembled one of her lager canvases that was an accumulation of 12 years of underpainting.
This particular canvas had been in a state of flux until the moment I had collaged layers of cloth with binder medium- then once dried I cut and pulled back to reveal wondrous fragments from my painting past.
The results are intriguing- the collaged elements used in her work serve as visual cues to remind us of our own forgotten history; mundane signals that we may not have thought about for years. Lorna also incorporates vintage wallpaper, German etching paper Nepalese rice paper sheets of music paper and even an old floppy disk in her work.
1/30 Aurora Ave Queanbeyan until October 1
Opening hours weekdays 9.30 – 2.30
Weekends 10 – 4.00pm
Lucky door prize – for your chance to win an original dry point by Claire Primrose worth $400
in partnership with National Plumbing.
[Photography by Rob Little RLDI]