Revealing the beauty of the Red Centre
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.
DOUBLE EXPOSURE: Alice McLoughlin used mixed media to paint Stanley Chasm as though it were her second visit.