Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/rokcommon/RokCommon/Registry.php on line 381

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/rokcommon/RokCommon/Registry.php on line 394
isiiad - Liz Nettleton

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/gantry/core/utilities/gantryregistry.class.php on line 326

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/gantry/core/utilities/gantryregistry.class.php on line 339

Liz Nettleton

LizNpainting5_s

I came across Liz's work at the exhibition Symbols of Loss and Recovery at Montsalvat. So I hopped in my car yesterday and headed out to her studio at Hurstbridge to meet her.  You can see Sugarloaf from her front gate...beautiful view.

LizNpainting4_s

(detail)

I discovered that many years ago, she trained as a tapestry weaver at the then Victorian Tapestry Workshop. Thereafter she set up her own tapestry workshop.  Her work is in the Canberra and Sydney Houses of Parliament. She says that working in tapestry weaving taught her great patience...I can believe that.  It looks like she applies this to creating the detail in her painting.

LizNpainting1_s

LizNpainting1detail_s

(detail)

LizNpainting2_s

(detail)

Having seen some of her other work in her home and studio (above) I was interested to hear the story of her work in Symbols of Loss and Recovery. The exhibition showcases work of local artists who were directly affected by the Black Saturday fires.  Remember Lloyd Godman from The Red Chair event.  Liz's work at the Montsalvat exhibition is in two parts.  The detail below is from one of the paintings called Respite Repose. Liz had been casting around for a photo of an appropriate landscape for the work. At the local cemetery she noticed an interesting mud brick monument for Reg  Evans and Angela Brunton, who died in the Black Saturday fires. She had known them years before from a time she worked in reception at Montsalvat.  According to Liz, Reg was a key figure at Montsalvat where he ran a Shakespeare Festival. He also put on Dicken's Christmas Carol there every year. Notable actors like Helen Morse, Kerry Armstrong, John Wood and Roddy Mullinar were amongst the cast. Montsalvat and it's people have touched lives throughout the area in many many different ways.

From this monument, Liz could see Sugarloaf very clearly and was moved by the view of the burnt trees. She had found her landscape.  You can see Sugarloaf and the burnt trees in the detail of Respite Repose below.

 LizNpainting6detail_s

Respite and Repose (detail)

It's a large work and the outer boarder is very detailed (see below). The boarder was an attempt to describe the extent of the damage from an aerial perspective. It's based on a topographical map and gives the impression of the damage from the fires going on forever, which is how it seemed to Liz, moving around her neighbourhood.

LizNpaintingdetail8_s

Respite and Repose (detail)

LizNpaintingdetail9_s

Respite and Repose (detail)

The second part of Liz's work at Montsalvat is called Smoke (below) for obvious reasons. The detail of this piece and the atmosphere it evokes is such a powerful comment on the Black Saturday fire.

hi_res

LizNportrait_s

 Liz is surrounded by work in her studio.

LizNstudio_s

The exhibition Symbols of Loss and Recovery will finish up in just over a week. Tomorrow I'm off to see another artist from that exhibition, Leanne Mooney.

Symbolsoflossandrecovery_s


Parent Category: Arts
Facebook Image

Chris Pittard. Red Chair Event

Chris Pittard Red Chair Event Last night was one of those cold wet Melbourne winter nights, when the most appealing thing is to snuggle up beside the fire. I did think about not… More…

Montsalvat extension

Montsalvat Extension As I suspected, a Month in Montsalvat just wasn't enough. It officially ends today but I still want to bring you a special tribute to Matcham Skipper, a piece… More…

Montsalvat's Peacocks

Montsalvat's Peacocks I've succumbed to the beauty of Montsalvat's peacocks. The much loved, oft photographed peacocks were on display when I visited a week ago and I couldn't… More…

Tamara Dean

Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture. Damien Skipper Tamara Dean © Tamara is represented by The Charles Hewitt Gallery in Sydney and the James Makin Gallery in… More…

Carbon Obscura

Carbon Obscura While this work was created in May 2007 at Montsalvat, it's worth revisiting in the light of the Red Chair event at Montsalvat this week. The artist, Lloyd Godman… More…

The Whistler, Matcham Skipper

The Whistler, Matcham Skipper 1922-2011 I wish I'd met Matcham Skipper. His farewell gave me a glimpse of him. Whistler, story teller, father of many. I've seen his work of… More…

Timothy Clarkson Ceramic Artist

Timothy Clarkson Ceramic Artist The great news from Montsalvat is that more studios have been made available for new artists to join the arts community there. Before Christmas I… More…

Montsalvat's Concert of Musical Ideas

Montsalvat's Concert of Musical Ideas. Last week I had a rare, exquisite pleasure. Montsalvat's latest Artist in Residence, composer, ethnomusicologist and dance anthropologist… More…

Kavisha Mazzella

Kavisha Mazzella I so looked forward to this interview. When I saw that Kavisha was launching her CD 'Love and Sorrow' at Montsalvat, I was pretty excited. What fun sitting in her… More…

David Moore teacher Montsalvat

David Moore- Teacher Montsalvat David Moore teaches oil painting in the cottage at Montsalvat. He's been teaching there for many years and has a dedicated following of students,… More…

Fu Hong

Fu Hong - a Retrospective Exhibition FU Hong Window I, oil on canvas, 152 x 122cm. (Photograph courtesy of the artist) The above painting is one of many being exhibited in the… More…

Anthony Williams- Montsalvat's new painter in oils

Anthony Williams One of Montsalvat's new artists, Timothy Clarkson, has already delighted many Isiiad readers with his fusion of ceramics, origami and well chosen newspaper… More…

The Rug Maker of Mazar-e-Sharif

The Rug Maker of Mazar-e-Sharif Montsalvat is currently showing rugs and embroideries from the Middle East, courtesy of writer and carpet seller Najaf Mazari. Najaf is well known… More…

Beyond the Trees

Beyond the Trees- A celebration of Thomas Lloyd Guitars. A guitar is shaped like the body of a beautiful woman. All sensuous curves and smooth 'skin'. Any wonder that they're… More…

Farewell Matcham

Farewell Matcham. Today is a sad day for Montsalvat. Friends and family of Matcham Skipper will gather to give him a fond farewell at 3pm today. Matcham passed away last week at… More…

Liz Nettleton

Liz Nettleton I came across Liz's work at the exhibition Symbols of Loss and Recovery at Montsalvat. So I hopped in my car yesterday and headed out to her studio at Hurstbridge to… More…

Montsalvat and Amanda Ruck

Montsalvat and Amanda Ruck Amanda Ruck© Jason Smith, acrylic on canvas (2011 entry for the Archibald Prize.) The Yarra Valley and the Nillumbik regions come together in this… More…

Dena Ashbolt. Artist in Residence Montsalvat.

Dena Ashbolt. Artist in Residence Montsalvat. Dena Ashbolt is Montsalvat's latest artist in residence. She arrived there over a week ago and will be there for six weeks in all.… More…

Rick Amor

Rick Amor I've seen a few artists studios now. My eyes are always busy darting around looking for clues to an artist's work. Rick Amor's studio is typically revealing. Influences… More…

Kavisha and La Voce Della Luna

Kavisha and La Voce Della Luna I need some new superlatives. A quick check of my trusty Thesaurus and I found some new words for magnificent... sublime, splendid, splendorous,… More…

Copyright

THIS ENTIRE SITE © 2010-2012 ISIIAD. ALL OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS AND WRITTEN MATERIAL HEREIN, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, ARE COPYRIGHTED BY ISIIAD. NO PART OF THIS SITE, OR ANY OF THE CONTENT CONTAINED HEREIN, MAY BE USED OR REPRODUCED IN ANY MANNER WHATSOEVER WITHOUT EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER.