Exhibition: Michelle Kettle, Geelong: Exploration of a City

Exhibition Dates18th July - 11th August
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A close up investigation of Geelong and it's buildings. Some scenes may be instantly recognisable to those familiar with the city and others depict lesser seen aspects. Somewhat 'unremarkable' views are brought into new focus and explored in detail for their texture, light and colour.

Photography is an imperative part of my process as it allows me to explore and experiment with different crops, zooming in or out on details and framing these scenes with a new approach. Landing on the ‘correct’ composition or what I will inevitably use as a painting reference is sometimes a long and arduous process. Other times I’ll turn a (literal) corner and see the perfect frame there in front of me. This feeling is euphoric and addictive. It makes car journeys with me sometimes insufferable as I am always looking for the next painting and will do a u-turn if I see a nice shadow on a doorway. It’s best and safer if I conduct these expeditions on foot.

I choose a direct, face-on viewpoint as I enjoy the straight lines and geometry this creates. Without the heavy use of perspective, I rely on light and shade to gently push and pull these buildings into their three-dimensional form. This viewpoint also serves as documentation to a particular time and place, to encapsulate the here and now (even if I do often favour historical structures). Architectural drawings will always include a front or side elevation, and to some extent this is my contemporary interpretation of this practice.

 

 

In essence, these are portraits of buildings.
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Morning Shadows Unseen by Michelle Kettleoil on board 43x63cm framed Sold
North Geelong C. by Michelle Kettleoil on board 43x63cm framed Sold
Belchers and Palms by Michelle Kettleoil on board 32x42cm framed Sold
Bellerine Street by Michelle Kettleoil on board 32x42cm framed Sold
Early Light on Ryrie Street by Michelle Kettleoil on board 32x42cm framed Sold
Neighbours Upstairs by Michelle Kettleoil on board 32x42cm framed Sold
Only in Threes by Michelle Kettleoil on board 32x42cm framed $1160
Weathered Red Door by Michelle Kettleoil on board 32x42cm framed Sold
Moorabool Street by Michelle Kettleoil on board 43x63cm framed Sold
Water Tower at Federal Mills by Michelle Kettleoil on board 21x32cm framed Sold