Sharon Field

A Mirror On Memory

The Q Gallery
1 October to 14 October, 2013

Much of life is made up of “mirrors” and “memories”. The mirror reflects what is happening at a particular point in time. What is. The memory is a reflection on time past. What was. Nature also reflects this passing of time.

Each of the images in this exhibition is 9” x 5”, (nine inches by five inches or 23cm x 13cm, approximately), drawing conceptually on the 9 x 5 Impression Exhibition held in Melbourne on August 17th 1889. The title of that Exhibition was inspired by the dimensions of a majority of the paintings, many of which were on cigar box lids, as well as their Impressionist style. In a statement addressed to the public the exhibitors said:

“An effect is only momentary; so an impressionist tries to find his place. Two half hours are never alike, and he who tries to paint the sunset on two successive evenings, must be more or less working from memory. So in these works, it has been the object of the artist to render faithfully, and thus obtain first records of effects that widely differing, and often of very fleeting character.”

The images in my exhibition captured the fleeting nature – the “impression” – of different plants at different points in their life cycles. The sizes of the works in my exhibition ware also 9” x 5” – small, but still able to capture the beauty and character of a plant at a moment in time.

Most people record the image of plants at the height of their beauty, in full bloom. Within a short period of time, the absolute beauty of the plant fades and it becomes a shadow of its former self and is thrown out. It becomes a memory.
Perhaps the plant is no longer beautiful in the classical sense of the word, but it is still beautiful because it displays the character and the scars of a life well lived, of a purpose achieved. People are always drawn to look at a plant in full bloom. Few people look at the spent bloom, the broken leaf, the decaying stick.

The plants in this exhibition came from my own property, homes of neighbours and friends, from Arthur and Yvonne Boyd’s property “Bundanon”, the Australian War Memorial and the streets of Queanbeyan, Mittagong and Sydney.

Sharon Field October 2013

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