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Sarah Dwyer
(w. Tim Parr, Ruth Uglow and Rui Matsunga) - Heathen Threshold
(07 July - 01 August 2006)

In an era dominated by rationalism and scientific modernity, the artists in Heathen Threshold reclaim forbidden knowledge to see the world through the illumination of shamanism, animism, folklore, fables and ancient mythologies. Through dreaming reverie, they seek to re-possess the terrain and unearth strange and microscopic encounters coalescing with heathen passages, where individuals worship forbidden old divinities in wastelands and wild places. What they each share is an emotive connection to nature, where they find wonder, magic and romantic trancendence.

Sarah Dwyer: Employing a gamut of painterly techniques the paintings deal with the tension between nature, artifice and the imaginary, particularly in relation to personal tracings of landscape and memory. Curious encounters are mapped out via a dreaming reverie, conjuring up a language of the unconcious on the surface of the canvas, she allows the terrain to be re-possed.
  Peculiar Encounter 2005. Oil on canvas, 229 x 148 cm
 

 

 


 
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