My art practice centres on my experiences and responses to nature. Raised on farms in regional South Australia, I enjoyed the everyday sense of space and close connection to animals and plants that my childhood afforded. My beliefs around the interconnectedness of all living things supported by dynamic and unstoppable environmental processes informs much of my subject matter.
Increasingly, I have become more formal and abstract in my focus on landscape, searching for the purity of only the most meaningful and essential motifs: the sun, the moon (sometimes ambiguously placed together), and the rolling, interlocking shapes of hills. From these elements, transformation occurs as animal and plant shapes emerge, signifying the connection between all living things.
Painting and drawing becomes a meditative and transformative space to engage with memories and experiences of places I have been. These works speak of a half remembered and elusive sense of "place" (physical, emotional and spiritual) and become metaphors for the public and the private worlds we inhabit.
Colour, line and shape are very important elements in my artworks, each having their own sense of physicality and emotional response which I intuitively weigh up as the artwork processes. My work is open to interpretation with each person bringing their own contextual response. I like to work across a variety of drawing and painting materials to explore ideas and this is reflected in the variety of artworks I present here on Bluethumb.
I hold a Bachelor of Visual Arts (1st class Honours) and a Master of Teaching.
A practising artist for over 20 years and a 2017 Kennedy Art Prize Finalist, my work has been exhibited frequently in group and solo shows, and has consistently been collected . For a full overview of my work, please visit my website at: gretalaundyart.com; and follow me on Instagram @gretalaundyart and Facebook @Greta Laundy Artist.