Meeting Aida and Ildiko

February 10, 2013

At the end of next month I am fortunate to be exhibiting some drawings and small paintings at Wangaratta Art Gallery.

Copy of lake_GatewayIsland

I have always loved the space, a converted chapel with movable walls and warm wooden ceiling.

Last night a show opened there that is surely a great treat for anyone who loves paint. My friend Jo Davenport’s work is hanging alongside Aida Tomescu, Ildiko Kovacs, Sally Gabori and Todd Hunter. A sumptuous room of colour and movement. Action/Abstraction it’s called, curated by Diane Mangan.

I was completely enthralled by Aida Tomescu as she spoke with clarity and conviction about the content, as distinct from the subject, in painting. No matter what the suject, and it may be indiscernible, as in abstraction, the content is what matters. She spoke about the unified nature of painting, about it’s own life, and we the nuturers of that life. It requires that paradoxical state (as does all creative work) of intelligent engagement and intuitive detachment.

Although these ideas are familiar to me, I was moved, and told her so as we spoke afterwards, and she said I need to read Flaubert.

This idea of the work being something other than me has always felt like a great relief. It depends on me only to draw it out, and then to let it be, for others to engage with.
Copy of LakeHume3

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9 Responses to “Meeting Aida and Ildiko”

  1. Cate said

    Namaste Mary-Rose,

    Thank you for sharing your words and images. I feel my creativity nurtured by your sharing of art making,
    X

  2. dan said

    That bottom painting is an absolute beaut Mary rose… Is that in the exhibition and
    how longs it on for?

  3. vicki said

    Hi Mary Rose,
    I love that warm and cool pink on the landscape. keep up the beautiful work.
    Vic

  4. jenny bohner said

    Oooooo, Mary-Rose, these are wonderful.Congrats on the show. Do you have a post-impressionist sitting on your shoulder?

  5. Doris said

    Love your new work, so refreshing and honest.

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