Artist Barbara Nell's art exhibition titled 'Recall - An exhibition Of Travel memories' is being featured at Goulburn Club until January 2021.
With over three decades of experience as an artist, her body of work has evolved from witnessing street processions and performances while travelling to Italy in 2013 and 2015.
"As an artist, I enjoyed the challenge of putting together a body of work because as you go through the process, it's unfolding as much for you as an artist as it is for anyone who might be looking at it," she said.
"These paintings are based on my experience during travel years ago but looking at my photos and recreating it took me back in that moment.
"The events I have painted were 'bumped into' or happened upon, which made them surprising and exciting to witness. There was certain chaos in the parade in Florence, with participants not quite knowing what the congestion was about."
One of the images 'Chiesa Nuova, Assisi' using oil on canvas shows the smallish church in a quiet corner of Assisi on dusk with few people around. "The church was reportedly built over the ruins of the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi. Compared to other landmarks in the city, the building had a quiet humility about it," she added.
Another artwork is 'The Fountain of Neptune' in which sculptures stands in Florence's Piazza della Signoria, adjacent to the Uffizi Museum. "While it is well known to many, the process of painting this image revealed many strange distortions. The source of light came from floodlights at the base. And reflected off the marble and bronze in quite different ways," she said.
"The memory can enhance, distort or fade an experience. Our minds can also fixate and crystalize the images into a visual coherence. This is what I have been working with."
In addition to the regular evening opening times as well as Sunday afternoon, the show will be open during the day on Fridays and Saturdays until January from 12-5pm.
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