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A Pilgrim’s Progress

13 April - 24 April

13 – 24 April 2021

hours:
Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 11am to 3pm
admission: Free

…fascinated with the mysterious existence of abandoned clothes…

Triangle, oil on canvas, 112 x 112 cm $3000

Nel ten Wolde, Ropas Abandonadas III iPad, 50 x 50 cm

Nel ten Wolde, Ropas abandonadas I, 91 x 122 cm

Nel ten Wolde, Ropas Abandonadas I iPad, 50 x 50 cm

Incidence of Light, oil on canvas 57 x 102 cm, $3500

Free Red Transformed, oil on canvas 102 x 122 cm $5400

Free Take Off, oil on canvas 102 x 122 cm $5400

I Am Free, oil on canvas 102 x 122 cm $5600

The Free Dance, oil on canvas, 102 x 152cm $5600

We often come across abandoned clothes, lost or discarded by their owners. These material items signal an absence from their former purpose, assuming their own life and existence in the environment where they are left behind. The reasons for their abandonment are vast, but meaningful. They can signify an array of meanings, from loss, absence, relationships, the past and presence. The act of discarding clothes sends a message and their existence affects both the spaces and people that inhabit them.

Abandonment can only be understood when exploring the material existence of a garment and its relationship with the people, objects or places it interacts with. There is a history, a present and a future, one that mysteriously eludes us as we walk by them. On the many travels artist Nel ten Wolde has undertaken in past years, she has become fascinated with the mysterious existence of abandoned clothes she comes across on her journey. Her curiosity for their former life, the reason for their abandonment and the way in which they become immersed in the spaces they come to inherit.

A Pilgrim’s Progress, a series of paintings and digital collage works, is Nel’s expression of the discarded and lost clothes that cross her path on the pilgrimage trails she has covered throughout Europe, especially Spain. There is a connection between the long and often desolate miles the artist covers on foot, with the deserted clothing strewn across fences, in river beds, along the path or roadside she is travelling.

Originating from the Netherlands, Nel ten Wolde emigrated to Australia in 1985. Since this move, Nel has enjoyed the possibilities of travelling internationally, particularly throughout Europe, seeking inspiration from different countries & cultures. She has been invited multiple times to take part as an artist in residence, working alongside and collaborating with other artists worldwide. Whilst in Melbourne, her work is focused on abstract landscape oil paintings in varied sizes. The greatest source of inspiration for her work, has always been nature, evoking emotions of freedom, beauty & wonder. 

Nel has exhibited extensively in Australia, Europe and the Middle East since the 1980s. She has been a finalist in the Broken Hill Art Prize, Nillumbik Art Prize and Alice Art Prize, and had participated in numerous residencies in Australia and Europe.

For the last 11 years I have been walking on different Pilgrim routes in Spain and Italy and covered about 4,500 km. Walking through landscapes and villages, listening to the progress of my own steps taken over stones or mud, through riverbeds or over a beach. It is a very meditative experience.

While walking one gets to see a lot of detail and I had time to take it all in.

I have taken a lot of photos that I can use as reference and others that I use to transform on my iPad.

While walking, one often comes across abandoned clothes, lost or discarded by their owners. These material items signal an absence from their former purpose, assuming their own life and existence in the environment where they are left behind. The reasons for their abandonment are vast, but meaningful. They can signify an array of meanings, from loss, absence, relationships, the past and presence. The act of discarding clothes sends a message and their existence affects both the spaces and people that inhabit them.

Abandonment can only be understood when exploring the material existence of a garment and its relationship with the people, objects or places it interacts with. There is a history, a present and a future, one that mysteriously eludes us as we walk by them. On the many travels I have undertaken during the past years, I’ve become fascinated with the mysterious existence of abandoned clothes I come across on my journey. My curiosity for their former life, the reason for their abandonment and the way in which they become immersed in the spaces they come to inherit.

The series Ropas Abandonadas is my expression of the discarded and lost clothes that cross my path on the pilgrimage trails I have covered throughout Europe, especially Spain. There is a connection between the long and often desolate miles I cover on foot, with the deserted clothing strewn across fences, in riverbeds, along the path or roadside I am travelling.

My work is composed using multiple layers of materials and methods. The process begins with taking photographs of the Ropas Abandonadas, along my travels. I put several of these photos together with landscape photos. In this way I recreate on paper, the original context of the abandoned clothes, bringing together the material in relation to the natural environment. My aim is to create a continuation from the original context in which I found them and translating that through each stage of the creative process. I adapt the juxtaposed photographs using the program Procreate, to create additional depth to the images and finish by detailing them through painting and drawing. This gives them the appearance of being submerged, in the same way they are submerged by different layers of the elements in their original environment. Layering these creative stages evokes the mystery and message behind the past and present life of the abandoned clothing.

– Nel ten Wolde, 2021

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Start:
13 April
End:
24 April
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fortyfivedownstairs gallery
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Phone:
03 9662 9966
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fortyfivedownstairs
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Nel ten Wolde
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