Electric Prisms | 17-27 October 02019 TooT Artspace, St Kilda

I spent a lot of time driving in early 02017 as I tried to get my infant daughter to nap. It was a time when I was reflecting deeply on the state of the world - not uncommon for a new parent. We live in a time of rampant climate change, of political tension and rising nationalism. I could often get caught up in it all, the overwhelming knowledge that this tenuous environment was the world I had brought my daughter into.

On these drives, I found myself increasingly drawn to the wind farms in the surrounding landscape. I’d sit in my car and watch their arms sweep the sky; the rhythm calmed me.

In 01914, Sonia Delaunay was so inspired by the newly installed electric lampposts on the streets of Paris, that she painted a work exploding with colour and rhythm. The world in 01914 was not calm; like now it was coming to terms with a society transformed by new technologies, global politics were precarious and Europe was on the precipice of the First World War. In the centre of all this Delaunay walked down a street in Paris and saw the promise of the future.

Looking at this painting from over a century ago, I see not only a connection between the subject matter, nor just the historical similarities – I see now.

The winds that propelled progress in Sonia Delaunay’s Paris are the same that propel us now. But what I see when I look at the wind turbines is opportunity, a chance to slow down, to change direction. Like Delaunay’s Electric Prisms, I see the wind turbines resonate hope in the landscape.

I see the future. A deep future. I see optimism.

View the full exhibition below or contact TooT Artspace to see it in person.

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Electric Prisms 01913-02019 02019
Acrylic on canvas
110 x 85cm

SOLD

 

The past can be seized only as an image… 02019
Acrylic on canvas
50 x 45cm

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… an unexpected image, singled out by history 02019
Acrylic on canvas
50 x 45cm

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A leap into the clear air of history 02019
Acrylic on canvas
102 x 80cm

$940

 

Brush history against the grain 02019
Acrylic on canvas
102 x 80cm

SOLD

 

Blast open the continuum 02019
Acrylic on canvas
102 x 80cm

SOLD

 

Angelus Novus 02019
Acrylic on canvas
110 x 85cm

$960

 

Electric Prisms #5 02019
Acrylic on canvas (float framed in Tasmanian oak)
30 x 30cm (34 x 34cm framed)

SOLD

 

Electric Prisms #8 02019
Acrylic on canvas
37 x 27.5cm

SOLD

 

Electric Prisms #8 02019
Acrylic on canvas
37 x 27.5cm

$320

 

Electric Prisms #10 02019
Acrylic on canvas
37 x 27.5cm

SOLD

 

Electric Prisms
(Sketch #1 )
02019

Acrylic on paper
18 x 13cm

$75

Electric Prisms
(Sketch #2)
02019

Acrylic on paper
18 x 13cm

SOLD

 

Electric Prisms
(Sketch #3)
02019

Acrylic on paper
18 x 13cm

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Electric Prisms
(Sketch #4)
02019

Acrylic on paper
18 x 13cm

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Electric Prisms
(Sketch #5)
02019

Acrylic on paper
18 x 13cm


$75

Electric Prisms
(Sketch #6)
02019

Acrylic on paper
18 x 13cm

SOLD

 

Electric Prisms
(Sketch #7)
02019

Acrylic on paper
18 x 13cm

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Electric Prisms
(Sketch #8)
02019

Acrylic on paper
18 x 13cm

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Electric Prisms
(Sketch #9)
02019

Acrylic on paper
18 x 13cm

SOLD

Electric Prisms
(Sketch #10)
02019

Acrylic on paper
18 x 13cm

SOLD

 

Electric Prisms
(Sketch #11)
02019

Acrylic on paper
18 x 13cm

SOLD

Electric Prisms
(Sketch #12)
02019

Acrylic on paper
18 x 13cm


$75

 

Electric Prisms
(Sketch #13)
02019

Acrylic on paper
18 x 13cm

SOLD

Electric Prisms
(Sketch #14)
02019

Acrylic on paper
18 x 13cm

SOLD