the sublime indifference of turquoise
Laura Power Davies
13 November - 1 December 2013
Opening Wednesday 13 November, 6.30-8pm
Exhibition to be opened by Sarah Tomasetti
"My professional background as a psychologist has led me to be immensely interested in people and psyche. Influenced by the work of CG Jung, I find people’s interior journeys and connections to ideas bigger than themselves to be of most interest.
After I retired from psychology, I entered the world of art, initially as a textile artist working with vellum, animal skin and felt. In the past 6 years I have returned to painting.
This current exhibition grew from visiting Antarctica in December 2012 /January 2013 and falling under the spell of its extraordinary natural beauty. The landscape is deeply symbolic of a state of physical purity and serenity. I could not paint anything else but these majestic icebergs with their feet of turquoise and glints of cobalt deep within their fractures.
Antarctica is an immense continent, 1.7 times larger than Australia with unique features: despite snowfall and ice, the absence of rainfall defines it as a desert; its rocks are 3 billion years old; its ice sheets contain 90% of the world's ice, holding about 70% of the world's fresh water. If they melted, it is estimated that the oceans would rise by more than 60 metres. It takes four days and nights to steam there from the southern most tip of New Zealand – approximately 4000kms. No ancient humans ever populated this land – it is truly a wilderness frontier.
Throughout history, wilderness and desert has invited the deepening of the inner journey for those who hear its call. In the beauty of the iceberg landscape I gained a glimpse into the profound soul of Antarctica and this is my attempt to share that."
Laura Power Davies, October 2013