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Del Kathryn Barton @ NGV

On November 28th I spent a couple of hours at the National Gallery of Victoria, taking in the sublime exhibition of dual-Archibald Prize winning painter Del Kathryn Barton. It would seem obvious to anyone who knows me why Del's work speaks to me in ways few others do - her use of colour, detail, imagination and a sense of Australiana is captivating.

I sat for quite some time in the gallery, just absorbing the work. Instinctively, I pulled out my journal (my Jane Davenport Butterfly Traveler's Journal) and did some line drawing, trying to capture some of the ideas and to understand how her work might begin. I also took about 80 photographs, including many details, so I could really study her artistic approach and practice. It was a concertina page I had made and put into the journal, measuring 25" x 8",and was always meant to be an 'on the road' sketch.

Things changed.

I write this on December 10, almost two weeks after my gallery visit and I have been working on this page since. I don't know what I will do with it (my Dad thinks I should frame it) but I am proud of the amount of work that has gone into it, that it is clearly inspired by Del Kathryn Barton's work, but has some of me in it too. I am also very excited to be feeling so inspired by art after two and a half years of feeling nothing. 

Page in it's entirety

Left hand side in closer detail

Right hand side in closer detail

If you would like to read more about Del Kathryn Barton, here are some links:

Sydney Morning Herald

Vogue Australia

Australian Centre for Moving Image

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