Exhibition: n. cloud·age | A mass of clouds, Natalie Anderson
"In a break from my usual practice all of these works are painted on paper and all with virtually no preparation or forethought. We all have stressors in life and sometimes the effect of even minor things can be cumulative. In the second half of this year a few things taking up a lot of headspace left me with little patience or energy for the routines of my usual painting practice - being in the places I paint, building up source material and sketches and building layers of paint over time - waiting for things to dry, returning often to things, taking time to get to know them.
In stark contrast, these introspective, impatient paintings reflect my need for an immediate result and were therapeutic ‘downloads' at a time when concentrating on one more thing felt beyond me. No wandering, no source photos or sketches, almost no prior thought to what I intended to paint. I put a raw sienna wash down first and once dry I sketched a horizon. What followed was cloudage - masses of clouds hanging over places that are familiar if not accurate depictions of the country that surrounds us and the ever present comfort of the ocean. Contemplations, maybe of the fundamentals in life, climate and change .. and what to do about that.
Wind and weather reveal their characters only by the effect they have on other things. We learn the nature of the wind by the shape of clouds, smoke drifting and branches bending. Equally we might better understand ourselves by the marks left on us by the things we ‘weather’ in life. Whilst using my daily painting practice as therapy I have both zoned out from my thoughts and tuned in to the secret workings of the weather, vast and intimate all at once."
Natalie Anderson is a much loved local painter who works from her picturesque Barrabool Hills studio. Natalie's genuine connection to nature is evident as her focus moves between landscape and seascape oil paintings. We are excited to welcome Natalie back for her fourth solo exhibition at Boom.
Who can run their fingers around the edges of a cloud? As humans, have a tendency to process natural phenomena as either material or immaterial - but where does this leave the weather, which is both? This new work builds on an abiding appreciation of what some writers have called the ‘weather-world’ in which earth and sky are inextricably tied together as one.