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.
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.