REAL and imagined landscapes, which explore the unearthly feelings produced by long periods of isolation, are on show at Dudley House, Bendigo.
Maiden Gully visual artist Julie Andrews has presented 20 oil paintings for the solo exhibition, titled: Liminal Landscapes, which is on display until November 28.
She said the landscapes were created between 2020-21 during lockdowns, with uninterrupted time in the studio to explore the feelings associated with liminal or in-between experiences.
"This has become topical during COVID-19, as many people have experienced the sensation of time being suspended and a form of estrangement,'' she said.
"These past two years have restricted events and gatherings and have directed many of us inward, to our memories of better times, longing for holidays and the comfort found in the natural landscape."
Ms Andrews said the landscapes were of places she longed to revisit and travel to anew.
"I really wanted to produce atmospheric oil paintings that take the viewer to a space somewhere between what we know and what we imagine, a dream like place, where memories and hope reside."
Some of the inspiration for the work came from social media platforms where people shared images of holiday images to make themselves feel more free during lockdowns.
"People were posting their old travel and holiday memories as well as clouds and spectacular sunsets, which are all wonderful examples of liminal experiences - fleeting yet strangely comforting,'' Andrews said.
"The aim of presenting this work is to generate discussion and contemplation about how we sit with times of uncertainty, and how the landscape might provide feelings of continuity, holding a space for longing, connection and reflection."
The exhibition is being held at Dudley House, 60 View Street Bendigo, 18-28 November 2021 and is open daily between 11 to 4pm. The exhibition is supported by the City of Greater Bendigo, through the Artists on View program.
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