a restless green: New Paintings - 2017
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Into the Morning, 2017 . Oil on linen, 151 x 199cm
For Vita (North Star), 2017. Oil on linen, 151 x 199cm
A Restless Green, 2017. Oil on linen, 151 x 199cm
By The Pond (for Claude), 2017. Oil on linen, 151 x 183cm
Meeting, and Parting, 2017. Oil on linen, 151 x 199cm
As Above, So Below (Constellation), 2017. Oil on linen, 151 x 199cm
Far From Here, 2017. Oil on linen, 127 x 137cm
Le Chant, 2017. Oil on linen, 127 x 137cm
Previous Exhibitions, 2017
New oil studies - "The Auricula Portraits"
Above Left: Auricula IV, 2017. Oil on linen on board, oak framed. 39 x 30cm
Above Right: Auricula VIII, 2017. Oil on linen on board, oak framed. 39 x 30cm
previous exhibitions, 2017
Morning, 2017. Oil on linen, 122 x 152cm
Evening, 2017. Oil on linen, 151x199cm. (In the studio).
Second Sight, 2016. Oil on linen, 151 x 199cm
Lunar, 2017. Oil on linen, 151 x 198cm
Regale, 2017. Oil on linen, 127 x 137cm
Chorus, 2017. Oil on linen, 137 x127cm
Looking Back, 2017. Oil on linen, 137 x 127cm
Fen, 2017. Oil on linen, 127 x 137cm
About these paintings...
"These new paintings, perhaps more than any I have made previously, are directly inspired by the natural environment and atmosphere of our garden in the Adelaide Hills. Within our rumpled 5 acres lies a rambling romantic garden; not at all the perfectly manicured landscaping of magazines but a lovingly tended combination of old trees and a tangled profusion of flowers and grasses. The garden sits on a hill facing west, the sky changing from pink to amber every evening, glowing through the trees and reflecting off the dams that lie in the valleys to the South and West. It is this mesmerising light quality, and the magical atmosphere of early dawn and late dusk that I seek to evoke in the paintings. I hope they can transport you in some way."
These paintings interweave themes of nature, landscape and still-life. As with much of Morgan’s work, they were inspired by an ongoing interest in the spiritual and psychological interactions between people, plants and the natural world. Her haunting botanical works explore the human connection with the natural world, the circadian cycles of day and night, the slow diffusion of one season into the next; an homage to those forces that surround us, shaping our daily lives, and yet are increasingly separate, or kept separated. Traditional pictorial space is manipulated: scale and depth distorted within layers of built-up glazes to create an otherworldly space which treads boundaries between interior and exterior, macro and micro, soft femininity and wild nature.
Morgan’s enduring fascination with 17th Century Dutch and Flemish Flower paintings, their plant symbolism, and themes of life, decay and renewal is re-interpreted through the filter of 21st Century plant ecology, herbalism, plant-based magic and the Australian landscape.