Ben Crawford / Tiel Seivl-Keevers
5 November - 29 November
Ben Crawford / Eighty Eight Miles Per Hour
“The idea for this show started with a memory: when I was a little boy in Ireland, I went to a forest with my older brother and some of his friends. A discarded jerrycan had been discovered with a little petrol left inside. Somebody thought to recreate the fire trails made by the DeLorean in the Back to the Future movies. The last drops of petrol were poured out in two lines and matches were thrown. In my mind, the whole event is so vivid and yet hazy at the same time- almost dream like.
As an image, I thought it would make a great painting. But then I began to consider the greater narrative possibilities of revisiting moments in ones life and trying to capture that same dream like quality. The act of painting could almost be a device to transport myself and others to those places and events.
Even though these paintings are quite nostalgic, they are also tinged with a sense of regret in some cases and feelings of contentment and joy in others, which I suppose, if it were possible to time travel, would be the reasons you would revisit your past.”
Born in Cork, Ireland, Ben studied painting at CCAD and graduated with a first class honours degree in fine art in 2007. He now lives with his wife and two daughters in southern Queensland in Australia, painting from his studio situated in the verdant landscape of Currumbin Valley.
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Tiel Seivl-Keevers / Burnt Out
“A response to the destruction of fires and rejuvenation of our land. Exploration into the devastation and beauty of the earth’s epidermis and how nature can bring sorrow and joy to our lives.
During the bushfires of 2019/2020, I was in Europe and watched the devastation from afar. It made me realise how tiny a planet Earth is, and how its fragility can impact so many lives. Although the headlines disappeared quickly, the damage the fires caused still remains. My interest in the cycles of nature and the impermanence of our natural surroundings surged my focus to capture the landscape after these events. Through these works I wanted to express death and rejuvenation through colour and mark making, such as carving into the wood, and burning paper.
As a society we expect there will be more fires that will destroy the lives of people and animals, even species. Yet we are unwilling to truly change our minds, land management policies and methods in order to protect and nurture the ecosystem. I paint the landscape in order to escape the realities of life; except the landscape has become the reality.”
Tiel is a painter with a background in design and illustration. Her work evolves from her interests in the environment and the cycles of life. Through her observations she develops many layers on a variety of surfaces to capture the impermanence of her explorations.
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