Annette van Betlehem’s latest series of Tasmanian Landscape paintings forms a study of the vitality of water in the rainforest and geological landscape as it moves through changes of physical state, both on the ground as a mosaic of irrational design and in the air as wispy cloud caught under the forest canopy or sitting behind it.
Mist forms a wall of reflected colour, the snow’s heavy burden becomes meltwater, frosty coldness evaporates with the south-west winds – water ceaselessly flowing, dripping, freezing or fuelling a humid evening. Elements disperse and interpenetrate, seemingly beyond calculation and devoid of purpose, as the fluid’s basic form as liquid, gas or solid remains.
Interpenetration brings about the mortality of elemental fluids, driven by flux, only to transition to a rebirth in other forms — even as a face, reflecting the sky and surrounding landform in a dormant puddle underfoot.
Van Betlehem’s technique mirrors these natural processes, with oil paint her fluid in flux and canvas her landscape.
Friday 6 – Monday 16 January 2017
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