The tension between the seen and unseen, the knowable and unknown, is a dynamic present in the work of Melbourne based artist Louise Hearman. In Untitled #680 1998 darkness surrounds - an unidentified object shoots forth from behind the trees lighting the tumultuous beach below, while the moon hangs low in the sky. Untitled #680 is unnamed, like all of Hearman’s paintings. It is identifiable only by its opus number. This intentional resistance to explaining the work via its title is a further nod to the mysteries contained within the darkness of the paintings, which remain present but unreadable.
OLIVIERE JANE TRUBIE
Mosman High School
Fitzroy (detail) (2010)
Recent travels to Melbourne bought to light for me a new, darkened perspective of the back streets of Fitzory. I want to delve into the strong, moody atmosphere of the landscape which is often associated with the underground graffiti and art culture. With my art making process I experimented with acrylics mediums. Manipulating various techniques, approaches and elements of chiaroscuro to ultimately establish this unique composition. The entire creative experience is something I will continue to value.
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