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Australian bush to TS Eliot

New botanical exhibition by Sharon Field

25 March – 7 May

Acclaimed botanical artist Sharon Field will open a solo exhibition at Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore on 25 March. The Burra resident and Captain of the Burra Bushfire Brigade will show 18 exquisitely rendered watercolour paintings of artefacts typical of summer in the Australian bush:  remnants of a Christmas Beetle; chewed and scarred eucalyptus leaves, a yellow-winged grasshopper.

These artefacts tell a story ‘through which I can hear the sounds of the bush and feel the heat and dryness echoing off the land on a hot summer’s day’, says Field.

Botanical Art. Because these wings are no longer wings to fly
Botanical Art Because these wings are no longer wings to fly

The exhibition entitled ‘Dead Leaf Dreaming: Echoes’ explores the idea of echoes – of what was, of colour, of name, of sound.   The works are also small, echoing the smallness of the plants, animals and insects that inhabit our bush.

Field pushes the boundaries of traditional botanical art. Her work has a minimalist quality to it, while at the same time giving the viewer detail, beauty and dramatic form in what many would consider quite ordinary subject matter; a grasshopper, a leaf, a stalk of grass juxtaposed with the sculptural form of bones, of bullets of barbed wire.

The mastery in the execution of the paintings demonstrates that the hand of this artist is in total control. There is unwavering confidence in every stroke and every choice.  ‘There are no pencil marks. There are no brush marks. There are not even signs of the washiness of watercolour, or of graphite or pigment overstepping a border, let alone of erasure or changes of mind. This is scary.’ -Roy Forward (Lecturer in Art, AN, and former Curator, National Gallery of Australia)

Sharon Field is a multiple award winning artist with work held in public and private collections in Australia and overseas.  Her work has been recognised internationally by the Society of Botanical Artists in the United Kingdom.  A finalist in the Waterhouse National Science Art Prize, and a winner of the Queanbeyan Regional Art Prize, she has been twice selected as an artist in residence at Bundanon, the home of Arthur and Yvonne Boyd.

The titles of the works in this exhibition are inspired by TS Eliot poems.

The exhibition opening reception at Suki & Hugh Gallery, 38A Gibraltar Street, Bungendore is 3 – 5pm on Saturday 25 March. The exhibition continues until 7 May

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