Atelier Gallery Studio, Nelson
June 15 – July 27, 2019
In response to material extinction-level threats from climate change, I wonder how we can anticipate a certain end, when we know so little of our beginning? I turn my attention to our origins – where have we come from?
The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us how our end will be.” Jesus said, “Have you discovered, then, the beginning, that you look for the end? For where the beginning is, there will the end be. Blessed is he who will take his place in the beginning; he will know the end and will not experience death.” [LOGION 18, GOSPEL OF THOMAS]
Material investigations are only just starting to unravel the mysterious sub-atomic quantum world. From the trinity of quarks within the lonely eternal proton [particle density] to the dancing orbitals of the hidden electron releasing photons [energetic potency]. All lovingly held together with phenomenal bonds to begin atomic life, orbitals synchronising into molecular periodic patterns of significant force, ie. carbon dioxide. Yet, even this strong covalent bond, is so easily undone, by a mere leaf or petal.
Reflective golden rings and discs; dense dark burnt bone carbon; vermillion, manganese & violet lakes of plasma; blistered lime gesso; and, the ephemeral energetic juice of the rose petal are my chosen expressions of atomic elements from cosmic beginnings. Here the ‘gluon’ of life emerges from an intuitive search, revealing cross-sections of soul. It is pure thought and bonds of love … in matter, energy and light. It is a curious circular journey – traveling forward to our origins, where we find love and life.
“This show has been one of the most successful we’ve had to date – not only for the amount of purchases but also for the level of engagement with the work, themes, and ideas presented by Gaylene. It is so fantastic to be part of a community that values the power of art and invests into the future of a thriving arts culture.” DAVID @ATELIER STUDIO GALLERY
The sacred icons and tempera paintings on board in this exhibition are made in the traditional technique of sacred iconography using egg tempera on layers of handmade gesso on board, with water gilding on red bole, including the technique of ‘petit-lac’ (little lakes). All that is black is burnt bone carbon from our organic farm in mid-Canterbury. The eggs used are from free-range organic chickens.