Re­veal­ing the beauty of the Red Cen­tre

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

CEN­TRE­FOLD, an ex­hi­bi­tion by Childers’ artists Alice McLough­lin and Kym Con­nell, re­vealed the beauty of cen­tral Aus­tralia at its Gayn­dah Art Gallery launch on Fri­day night.

The duo spent seven weeks liv­ing in the re­gion of theWest Mac­Donell ranges and Uluru last year to cre­ate Cen­tre­fold.

“I’m drawn to the Aus­tralian land­scape more than any­thing else; it’s a dif­fer­ent lan­guage,” Ms Con­nell said.

At first glance, her favourite acrylic paint­ing An­cient Land­scape Painters de­picts three rock stacks over­look­ing Glen He­len Gorge, but a closer look re­veals their hu­man form.

“When we were in Alice Springs, there were three Abo­rig­i­nal ladies out­side a tourist shop,” Ms Con­nell said.

Their lack of eye con­tact and slumped pos­ture showed they were not in “their nat­u­ral state”, and “to give th­ese ladies mean­ing” she placed them “as sen­tinels over the vista”. While this was Ms Con­nell’s first trip to the out­back, it was a re­peat visit for her friend Alice McLough­lin who used mixed me­dia – acrylics and char­coal – to cre­ate Dou­ble Ex­po­sure.

“I painted Stan­ley Chasm like I vis­ited it the sec­ond time. You choose the medium for what you want to paint,” Ms McLough­lin said.

The Cen­tre­fold ex­hi­bi­tion will be on dis­play at the gallery un­til De­cem­ber 7.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

DOU­BLE EX­PO­SURE: Alice McLough­lin used mixed me­dia to paint Stan­ley Chasm as though it were her sec­ond visit.

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