My art has often been a response to world events. In the summer of 2020 I produced a body of work expressing the devastating impact of the massive bushfires burning out of control in Australia; this theme continues to weave itself into some of my new work. When COVID-19 began I started exploring ways to express the changed world we now live in and struggle to comprehend.
Isolation, such as we have experienced during lockdowns, is not new to me due to the limitations of living with a neuropathic disease called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and the resulting disability. During the past decade I have spent many weeks at home in isolation and have learnt to embrace this by using the time to develop and enjoy my art.
My interest in the landscape, particularly the landscape of the Grampians region where I live continues as a theme in my work. A lot of my work is inspired by memories and drawings of the landscape as seen from Level 5, Epworth Geelong hospital during regular stays for pain management infusions. This is a time when for many hours I can sit and really observe the sun rising, the changing colours of the sky, the passing clouds and atmospheric changes. It is also a time to reflect on many aspects of life and for 7 days this becomes a huge part of my world. Sometimes my abstract landscapes become metaphors for the lived pain experience as often reflected in the titles.
My monoprints are usually multiplate and I sometimes take a print through the press up to 4 times to get the right overlays of colour, not every print is a success as the results are hard to predict and a lot is left up to chance. I use Charbonnel Aqua Wash etching inks.
I enjoy printing unique states rather than editions because I find this fosters my sense of experimentation and keeps the work lively and the process exciting. I work in my home based studio in Ararat, Victoria and am fortunate to receive support and feedback from my husband John Eagle whose life has also been devoted to the arts.