July 3, 2021
Mary Donnelly | Landscapes On A Table
FROM HER STUDIO IN THE CENTRAL TABLELANDS OF NEW SOUTH WALES, ARTIST MARY DONNELLY CREATES STILL LIFE ART THAT SHE DESCRIBES AS “LANDSCAPES ON A TABLE”.
“On a table, I portray a series of objects focusing on creating uncanny tensions within the composition, subtle relationships of shapes, tonalities and colour. The viewer is invited to explore the space and engage with the objects on the table. The works are somewhat “quiet” compositions and the objects present themselves as on a stage to perform or be noticed.
To begin the work, I prefer the approach of drawing directly onto the canvas in charcoal. Working in this way the compositions are allowed to develop, placements are easily changed, erased or moved around until there appears a narrative, a connection, a relationship between the objects on the table. Some marks are left adding to the composition, while others become part of the history of the work, lying under layers of paint.
Colour now becomes a tool; used to bring depth onto the two dimensional surface.” Mary Donnelly
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