Passage #2 - Watercolour


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Passage #2 is part of a Diptych painted for Adaptation, an exhibition at Glasworks in Canberra, November 2020.

Title: There is no difference between life & death – Passage #1 & Passage #2

“It is a continuum, you transition from one state to another, leaving behind your actions, words & ideas, never to be forgotten”.

I have used the Banksia as metaphor to explore the moment of transition. These 2 works are a symbol of passage, reflecting my personal life in which being confronted with mortality has now become a recurring feature of daily life and has led to many natural questions. Observing this ephemeral fragility of life can however sow the seeds of great compassion for those who cling to it as though it would never end. For me, awareness of death leads to an awakened appreciation of every precious moment of life.

Like painting life can be unpredictable and full of challenges. These challenges will lead to unexpected moments and can create freedom in an unexpected and unscripted responsiveness. These watercolours are painted this way. With just the banksia in mind forced to make a move with the brush and react to what happens. Working together with the medium, blending skill and emotion, the process of painting becomes healing.

This work on 300gsm Hot press Arches is framed in walnut painted oak frame. Work is on view at Gallery Sky & Hugh, Bungendore, NSW

Dimensions: h163cm x w123cm framed in oak frame

Stefan is a Dutch born artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Stefan has art work in national and private collections throughout Australia and Europe, including the NAB Bank Collection, Victorian & Queensland State Libraries.

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