21 Jan - 3 Feb 2011
As part of this a selected group exhibition - I am currently exhibiting my Triptych series "My Sky is Torn" and a Diptych "Below/Above an Awakened Surface.
My Sky is Torn I
My Sky is Torn II
My Sky is Torn III
The inspiration for this series of works came from admiration of the vastness of the skies above, on a day when I recently visited the ocean. Full of ever-changing clouds formations and colours my imagination was ignited as the energy of nature ran through me. For many years throughout history, culture and art, the skies and their clouds have acted as a symbol of the ethereal heights of heaven and represented the quality of higher truth. Whatever you beliefs, one thing is for sure. Clouds are symbols of change. Clouds constantly come and go, and they tend to move fast. They also reflect, evoke and personify human emotion with their ever-changing moods, colour, form and movement. We all have memories of looking up to the skies with clouds and tapping into our subconscious, either imagining what shapes the clouds are forming, or being in awe of the powers and mystery of mother nature. From magnificent formations where you literally can hear a beautiful piece of classical music playing in your mind or experiencing goosebumps from the powerful forces of nature as storms brewed, formed, delivered and then cleared. Perhaps, like me you have spent many a hour pondering the meaning of life and solving the problems of your world whilst gazing to the heavens. The ever-changing skies a personified mirror reflecting human emotion and our ever-changing ephemeral being. It is therefore apt, that this subject matter was chosen to deliver my story for this series "My Sky is Torn". From a dark, 'noir' and dramatic place in the first image through to the colourful red and theatrical skies of image two, and then onto the blue skies with the clouds starting to part in image three, you are taken on a transitional journey of emotional turmoil and transformation, to one of change and eventually hope. The storm is moving away and there is hope and promise of a light filled future beyond the torn sky.
Beneath an awakened Surface
Above an Awakened SurfaceThese images explore the idea of the awakening of an inner world deep below the surface, a stirring of the surface, self realisation and new beginnings.As it stands, nothing ever stays the same. Often we exist under the guise of darkness or a masked surface that keeps our true inner being hidden from view. These images evoke to an upward rise of this world where connotations of a rich and complex life has percolated beneath the surface and a hidden inner psyche has awakened.The ocean, with its ebb and flow of tide, the sky with its mysterious, evocative cloud formations, the blossoming wallpaper swirls of organic life form, the moth wakening from its nocturnal dark chrysalis to discover a new horizon, the etched brail like poetry left upon the icy surface – all revealing the hidden life that had laid under the foil of a hidden darkness.These symbolic vehicles all tell of the story of a journey and awakening of an inner ephemeral being that no longer has to loom beneath the surface.
If you are in Melbourne you can see these in person - exhibition runs to the 3rd of February 2011.
Sandra Darling xoxo