For her second solo exhibition at Hill Smith Gallery, Melbourne artist Adriane Strampp explores the idea of the journey – in both a literal and metaphorical way. Transference will be exhibited in the main gallery from 21 November to 12 December.
Elements of the landscape appear in her compositions as if remembered in a dream. Strampp’s reliance on the discipline and possibilities of using a limited colour palette, is here fully realized in these stained and painterly images. As writer and art historian Dr Traudi Allen writes:
“In this new body of work, Strampp explores a pervading sense of restlessness, a haunting awareness that derives from a peripatetic childhood. She presents the view of the traveller who glances, but does not fully apprehend. Finding herself in an indeterminate place, she has her objective in mind, but it is not yet fully realised. For her process she returns to an earlier, spontaneous sensibility in which painterliness is as important as the narrative impulse from which it arises.”
The title of the exhibition 'Transference' alludes to the work of Victorian painter J. M. W. Turner as Strampp’s atmospheric application of oil on linen recalls that of the neo-Romantic artist. Her landscapes emerge from mist and shadows as her process allows for a degree of intuition and spontaneity."
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