Lorraine Gill Galleries - The Australian Series

The Cockatoo

I had hired a car and decided to look around Alice and to go further out into the desert. Whilst driving I saw a flock of black cockatoos. They were silhouetted against the red earth. The light was so intense that their plumage shone silver. I was reminded of an oriental tapestry. I have painted a stylised image against the fallen trees which were like hieroglyphics scattered through the brush. The space of the painting is divided into two. The cockatoo, especially its head and breast, bring the space forward. The second, lower horizon on the right, with its stylised pyramid mountains, creates a space-capsule of distance that warps the space on the canvas. The blue ribbon simultaneously and alternatively represents the dry river bed in the shimmering desert heat in which solids become liquid. Its blue against complementary orange brings the space forward.
 

The Cockatoo