The Nostalgia Series
Kidogo Arts Centre Exhibition, Fremantle W. Australia, 2011
One of Mitchell’s current fascinations originates within the realms of memory/nostalgia and displacement/migration, which are manifesting in 2 series of paintings: one direction focuses on light, and the other on layered imagery. Both directions suggest the parallel existence in the mind of past and present realities. The layered series presents personal and metaphorical histories as layered visual texts where linear figurative elements are mapped onto more abstract fields. The second direction focuses on light as an expression of the ephemeral and shadowy nature of the fleeting moments captured in our minds as memories, in particular childhood memories. Sillouette and shadow play a large role in the visual suggestion of memory rather than present day reality.
Techniques include stenciling, the use of text, and glazing. Mediums include mixed media on canvas as well as printed and sculptural books, and possibly a large scale time-based multimedia installation constructed of rear screen projection material onto which “histories/narratives” created with text and image will be projected. Influences include “Low-Brow/Pop-Surrealist” artist Camille Rose Garcia, as well as Australian artists Del Kathryn Barton and Clare McFarlane.