'Driving Towards Dusk' Original by Lise Temple
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'Driving Towards Dusk' original oil on canvas by South Australian artist Lise Temple.
Dimensions: 84cm x 102cm.
My art practice encompasses a diverse range of subjects, but I am best known for my abstract landscapes, a series inspired by the colours, constasting light and broad shapes of the South Australian agricultural landscape.
These paintings investigate the temporal experience of viewing the landscape. The progress of the seasons and the agricultural processes on the land create a series of transient views. The paintings portray the movement of light over land, the cycle of growth in plants and soil, the flamboyant persitence of roadside weeds. The textures, colours and patterns, undergoing daily changes. The shifting nature is heightened by the experience of driving, moving through the view, watching shapes shift with changing perspective. During the painting process, grasses or branches become gestures, roads are made into formal borders between shapes, skies are fragmented and used as tonal intrusions. Relationships between landscape elements are shifted as happens when the viewer moves through the landscape. When produced in this way, the paintings become landscape journeys exploring the passage of time.