sopra e sotto
TUESDAY 15TH - 29TH AUGUST 2017
Sopra e Sotto | Above & Below began as a response to my travels and study in Italy in late 2016. For the uninitiated traveller the experience of trying to absorb the scenery and history was inspiring, overwhelming and challenging.
Euan Macleod described the activity of snorkelling as a way of ’looking up and down at the same time’ and for me post travel this was my reaction to all I had seen and tried to absorb. Returning home to my familiar surroundings with this renewed outlook formed the basis for the Sopra e Sotto exhibition.
Supplementing memory with photographic references helped me to represent a sense of space, time and place by breaking elements down to abstract shapes. This layering of both the ‘frozen’ and memorized forms condenses the elements both above, and below of imposing jacaranda trunks, reflections of sky on bodies of water, green pond scum in the swampy waters or rapidly changing cloud formations.
Water steals and reflects colour from its surroundings and both indirect (layering) and direct (wet in wet) paint methods have been used to describe and render the abstracted reflected forms. Paint surface, heightened colour and a linear composition are also important elements to translate the mood and depict nature in a time and place.
Photos from the Opening Night
photos: Mikhail Zenon