Madeline Young’s abstract compositions are inspired by the unique beauty of the Australian bush; the way dappled sunlight filters through the canopy, casting long rays of light and shadow and the distinctive blue-green of Eucalyptus leaves filling the air with their familiar scent. Madeline simplifies and exaggerates the shapes she finds in nature and uses blocks of colour to create works that, like the Australian bush, are simultaneously vibrant and serene.
When I started this series in 2017 my focus was the muted beauty of the Darling Barka. The often sombre colours, the slope of banks and the light at different times of day. Since September 2018 when Four Corners exposed corruption, water theft, and an avalanche of media attention - these escalating conflicts have seeped into my images. A shift in colour intensity and thickness of paint - a reflection on the strength of connections to this river system for myself and many others in awe of its presence.
APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN TO OUR NEXT GROUP EXHIBITION
The landscape is a muse to many contemporary artists and has been widely studied, explored and depicted throughout history. The Corner Store Gallery invites artists to submit work of any medium or style featuring the landscape as subject matter. Artworks must measure no larger than 1m squared. The exhibition will include the most exciting and original artworks submitted for selection by artists and designers from all over Australia. Applications close at midnight on Sunday May 26th 2019.
Artwork pictured by Jaq Davies.