A wash of impressions and wonders, born of a life lived immersing herself in the natural landscapes of Australia and Europe, underpins the gripping works of Theresa Hunt’s solo exhibition, If the Stars Were Mine.
The sensitive process through which Hunt paints arrives from an inherently emotional place resting within her soul. This place is her own, one that is not easy to articulate as it sits just beyond the reach of words.
Perhaps making sense of emotion, the constant signifier of our humanity as we process and respond to the world around us, is not a conscious thought but instead a leap of faith as Theresa puts brush to canvas. A gesture into the unknown, a gesture into the deep. A question that lies within the epic sea and landscapes of Theresa’s work for us all: ‘Why do I feel, why do I create?’
The tides of creativity are not meticulously planned but spontaneously rise and fall through the application of layers, the slow emergence of a wave, a tree, a mountain ridge; illuminated by the luminescence of morning or setting sun within the mist. The depth of colour fields balanced through portals of light and natural phenomena imbues the swell of emotion preserved within the canvas.
If the Stars Were Mine speaks to the impossibility of the natural world, the vastness of the places we find ourselves in, so small and present for such a short time, as the world goes on and on. So lucky to experience the beauty of a wave upon the ocean, or the flora of the ridges and mountains ahead. How the simplest moment of awe can mirror the awe within us as we find the natural world stirring our deepest emotions, the ones that exist just beyond our own comprehension.
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This work is framed in an espresso woodgrain float frame.
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