Artist with a heavy art

ARTIST’S WORK NEVER COM­PLETED

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn Gri­er­son

ARTIST Libby Baker will in­tro­duce lo­cal art lovers to a 26.5kg can­vas, her largest ever art­work, as part of her new Ki­dogo Art­house ex­hi­bi­tion Hope and Trans­for­ma­tion.

GOOSEBERRY Hill artist Libby Baker shares the jour­ney of de­vel­op­ing her largest-ever art­work over seven years in a new ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tled Hope and Trans­for­ma­tion.

Baker said the work evolved with­out con­scious thought, with images ap­pear­ing and dis­ap­pear­ing un­der lay­ers of paint un­til the orig­i­nal can­vas grew into a 26.5kg art­work re­sem­bling a stone sculp­ture.

“It (the work) comes through me rather than from me,” she said.

Along with framed can­vas and fine prints, Baker will present an au­dio­vi­sual record of the 94 images show­ing the devel­op­ment of the story be­neath her orig­i­nal art­work.

Baker be­gan work on the can­vas in 2010 af­ter com­plet­ing a series of fine art ‘Chakra Tree’ paint­ings fea­tured in a self-pub­lished book, Re­veal­ing Hid­den Emo­tions.

She said the process was sim­i­lar to her ex­pe­ri­ence when paint­ing the chakra trees, with images re­veal­ing sto­ries in lay­ers of paint.

“Dif­fer­ent coloured images of be­ings, plan­ets and sym­bols came and went,” she said.

“I be­lieved the work was fin­ished,

would hang it and start paint­ing on the can­vas again.

“There were times when I was over­whelmed with joy at images that mirac­u­lously ap­peared and suf­fered enor­mous loss and re­gret when I was drawn back to keep paint­ing and lost the im­age.

“At one stage, I hacked into the can­vas of ‘stone’ with a ham­mer and chisel, re­veal­ing lay­ers of gold leaf and mixed me­dia in re­mark­able pat­terns and colours.”

Baker said she gave up try­ing to con­vince her­self the work would ever be com­pleted and put it back on an easel, where it re­mains to­day.

“I felt that I was be­ing given a story to tell by paint­ing from the heart, which also in­volved over­com­ing feel­ings of self doubt, fear and step­ping out of con­di­tioned norms,” she said.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will run from June 15 to 28 at Ki­dogo Art­house.

Visit www.lib­byen­er­g­yart.com.

Artist Libby Baker with a se­lec­tion of work from the ex­hi­bi­tion Hope and Trans­for­ma­tion.

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