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The Metaphysics of Space: Painting a Body of Light
An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until 29 July, 2016
An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, repeating until 30 July, 2016
19-30 July 2016
Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 12pm to 4pm
…painting the changing light of the real world.
“Through the evocative language of painting, my hope is to create an invitation to the metaphysical. As an abstract painter and a person of faith, abstraction offers me a contemporary, non-prescriptive language with the potential to explore space and light as both subject and medium within the work.”
The Metaphysics of Space: Painting a Body of Light is the culmination of Ella Whateley’s practice-led doctoral research in Painting at the ANU School of Art. Building on the rich symbolic and experiential tradition of Western religious painting, Whateley’s research has focused on the significance of light, concentrating on two approaches to creating luminosity in paint: materialising light through the materials used and painting the changing light of the real world.
Whilst on retreat at The Abbey in Kangaroo Valley, Whateley experienced the unfamiliar monastic tradition of The Liturgy of the Hours. On her return home, Whateley was motivated to attempt to stimulate the viewer’s sense of interior and exterior space through creating an embodied experience of painted light. Consequently this monastic encounter has resulted in a series of painted investigations into the nature of light and space in which the interactive materials and colour interactions are intended to be facilitative devices for exploring the sacred potential of the image.
Ella Whateley is a Canberra-based artist and academic.
With an academic and professional background in Design and Art Direction, Whateley’s art practice has developed with influences for many different areas of the visual arts. Exhibiting consistently throughout Australia since 2005, The Metaphysics of Space: Painting a Body of Light at fortyfivedownstairs is Ella Whateley’s first solo exhibition in Melboune.