In "An elemental life" Kylie Duncan has produced a series of fine abstract works. Using a largely muted palette of colours, the artist has created works which attempt to-in her own words-discover the meeting point between nature and industry.
The two dimensional pieces use acrylic as their basis, and are embellished with everything from corrugated plastic to sand. There is a personal language to the abstraction with several repeated motifs, notably the cross and the thin mirrored strip. In some of the works such as Element series XI, references to landforms can be readily discerned-specifically the otago landscape from which the artist draws inspiration.
Over the past few years Duncan has gone from atonal works to bold colours and has now stripped these colours back to a softened palette, with only occasional flashes of fiery red. The purity-or lack-of colour in these pieces has allowed the elements of form within the works to come to the fore.
The works are strong yet meditative and bear repeated viewing. For pure abstraction they pack a surprising punch, notably with the sombre Element X and gentler pieces like element XV.
James Dignan, ODT, October 29th 2009
|Industry and nature elements in art
GALLERY De Novo is set to host local artist Kylie Duncan’s second ever exhibition.
|The Star, October 15, 2009|