The Voice of Water, 2016 - 2021

My work from the past few years has focused on water in the landscape, primarily the ephemeral freshwater wetlands of Tasmania and more recently extended to waterholes in Central Australia.

This series, The Voice of Water parallels the larger works in the album Surfacing. These works are tiny weeny miniatures utilising techniques of watercolour and gouache on paper. In them I hope to draw the viewer into an intimate, private and poetic contemplation of the surface and threshold space of water. This series is also featured in my recent publication , The Voice of Water, a series of miniature paintings and accompanying poetry by Tasmanian poet Adrienne Eberhard exploring the ephemeral life of Seymour swamp and The Big Punchbowl lagoon, a Tasmanian Land Conservancy reserve on the east coast of Tasmania.

Contemplating water has been the subject of many poetic and artistic pursuits over the centuries – the historical figures of Claude Monet, Gaston Bachelard and Henry David Thoreau immediately come to mind. Water allows a private space of reverie reflecting both the physical environment; the fluctuating colours, light and sounds of life from the surrounding landscape, as well as psychological and emotional states of being. As Gaston Bachelard says in Water and Dreams, “one drop of powerful water suffices to create a world and dissolve a night” he suggests the notion of the pond is like an eye that reflects the world, as well as being a site of dormant power. It’s because of water that life exists. It gives life to this planet and yet in our climate stressed environment, the presence of water in the landscape is increasingly transient, rare and precious.

My aim is to celebrate and pay homage to the fragility and fleeting nature of life sustained by these small unassuming bodies of water - the constantly shifting light patterns, the melancholy darkness and the movement of wind imprinting on the surface. I have also tried to capture the soundtrack of place, the rhythmic pulsing of frog calls, the rustle of wind and the invisible presence of creatures beneath the surface.

At times the paintings are quite abstract with intricately woven areas of layered tiny brush marks combined with glimpses of slender horizons. They are in part about the dark, enigmatic mysteriousness of the water but they are also intended to be a contemplation of edges and the threshold between the visible and invisible, where water and land or water and air meet.

 

Artworks from this series have been exhibited in the following solo exhibitions:

Waterholes and Wetlands, Beaver Galleries, Canberra, 2021

Surfacing, Bett Gallery Hobart 2020

Shimmer, Beaver Galleries, Canberra 2019

The Memory of Water, Gallerysmith, Melbourne 2018

 

A selection of highlights from the series is included here.

For the full collection please click on the exhibition title for a link to the gallery website.

 

 


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No 12.4, 2020, from the series, Waterholes and Wetlands
12.2cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 12.1. 2020, from the series, Waterholes and Wetlands
12.2cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 11.13, 2020, from the series, Interiors
12.2cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 11.12, 2020, from the series, Interiors
12.2cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 11.11, 2020, from the series, Interiors
12.2cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 11.10, 2020, from the series, Interiors
12.2cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 11.7, 2020, from the series, Interiors
12.2cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 11.5, 2020, from the series Interiors
12.2cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 11.1, 2020, from the series, Interiors
12.2cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 9.36, 2020, from the series, Surfacing
24.4cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 9.34, 2021, from the series, Surfacing
24.4cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 9.31, 2019, from the series Shimmer.
24cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 9.29, 2019, from the series, The Voice of Water
12.2cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 9.28, 2019, from the series, The Voice of Water
12.2cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 9.27, 2019, from the series, Shimmer
12.2cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 9.26, 2019, from the series, The Voice of Water
12.2cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
9.24, 2019, The Voice of Water
No 9.24, 2019, from the series, The Voice of Water
12.2cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 9.21, 2019, from the series The Voice of Water
12cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 9.18, 2019, from the series The Voice of Water.
24cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 9.17, 2019, from the series, The Voice of Water
24.4cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 9.12, 2019, from the series, The Voice of Water
24.4cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 9.9, 2019, from the series The Voice of Water.
24cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 9.8, 2019, from the series, The Voice of Water
24.4cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 9.4, 2019, from the series, The Voice of Water
24.4cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 9.3, 2019, from the series, The Voice of Water
24.4cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 9.1, 2019 from the series The Voice of Water
24cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 7.17, 2019, from the series, The Voice of Water
24.2cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 7.14, 2019, from the series The Voice of Water
12.2cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 7.13, 2019, from the series, The Voice of Water
12.2cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper
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No 7.10, 2019, from the series, The Voice of Water
12cm (W) x 8cm (H)
Watercolour and gouache on paper


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