Which art work did you find most meaningful and/or enjoyable?
The artworks I most enjoyed were the collection by John Glover. The three landscape pieces we examined really struck me as I could see a timeline of colonisation. Although not the order they were created, and the pieces are of different locations, if you line them up as below, it almost looks like a landscape in the process of transforming. Presumably it was not the artist’s intention to view them this way, but the content and colours seem to change in a progression. The first contains Aboriginal people going about their daily life, apparently uninterrupted. The second image places a western women within the frame, although she is unobtrusive in her environment. The third is a flattened landscape being used for farming with buildings in the center and a man overseeing it all in the foreground.
The branches on the trees were the things that initially drew me to these paintings as they look so whimsical but somehow at home in the surrounding. However the trees appear to lose some of their wildness as the paintings progress, with wild curling branches lit up by the sun in the first one, and darker, more contained trees in the third one.
The overall colour is progressively dulled as well, with bright vibrant colours leading to darker, yet still vibrant shades, and eventually duller, muted tones. Even the clouds in the sky increase in quantity in this progression, greying the sky.
These changes certainly gave me a sense of lost wilderness, although Glover clearly depicts the beauty in each situation.