Emma Stuart – Hidden Arrernte

Through a matrix of ghost-gum trunks and middle-grounds and a particular light, the painter Emma Stuart explores the transition between night and day, between twilight and dawn. This time reflects a shift in energy and consciousness. Stuart’s intimate desert-scapes aim to capture the liminal shift between light and shade, between the point of focus and distorted peripheries.
The development of works in Hidden Arrernte, Stuart’s first solo exhibition at the Araluen Arts Centre, also parallel her own increasing and evolving connection with Arrernte country and its trees. After being based in Berlin for the past three years, the physical landscape as well as the deep human history and current cultural complex here create an energy that has seen Stuart ‘decide to make the move to this country’. Stuart explores the small clusters of trees off the beaten track, the silent beauty ‘hidden’ in the tributaries and riverbed banks of Arrernte’s Honeymoon Gap, clay pans, Emily and Simpsons Gaps. Her paintings, cropped and intimate compositions, testify to a visual and visceral connection with the trees and their landscape, seeing them as Stuart does as living beings, symbols of strength and faith and anchors of sorts, holding both earth and air.

Opening Friday  1 April, 6pm

To be opened by Jacob Hoerner, Director of Jacob Hoerner Galleries

Artist floor talk Saturday 7 May, 11.30am

Image: Emma Stuart Sunset Series #7 (detail) 2015 oil on linen 110 x 114 cm
1 April8 May 2016
Araluen Arts Centre
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