As Albury-based artists Vicki Luke, Bianca Acimovic and Vernon Bartlett make final preparations for their installation at the Hume Dam this coming Sunday 14 April, Vernon decided to make a short film about Vicki’s process of painting on glass. Vicki is making a number of lanterns which will be used to create projections as part of their final presentation. The event will take place at the Hume Weir from 5pm. Audiences are invited to get there on time and experience the river from the top of the dam wall, before making their way down to a viewing area on the Victorian side. The project will include data projection onto the dam wall plus more intimate projections into the landscape surrounding the viewing area.
You can view the film here: https://vimeo.com/63630937
The process of painting on glass is very tricky, as Vicki explains:
“I have been painting on glass for a few years now. The original idea came from my uni study where I wanted to bring a new experience to painting. The essence of using a transparent medium like glass was to create painting on a 3D ground. I have since made many pieces that have this characteristic. They are all ephemeral pieces which are very vulnerable if touched. The images are usually based on nature emphasizing fragility and the idealised world trapped within the glass. In this case, the images come from Governor Macquarie’s Chest. A treasure of natural history which was given to Governor Macquarie when he returned to England. The insects and spiders I have chosen were plentiful in the Albury Wodonga region when I was a child. Some of these treasures i have not seen for many years.
“This film shows the technical challenges of creating works on glass. It is a sudden death approach. If the paint is too thick it creates an ugly build up and the “under’ painting which is usually unseen is just as prominent as the top layer of paint as everything is revealed with the transparent ground. It is very hard on the eyes when you have images on both sides of the glass as the only way to work through an image is to focus past the first image to the glass at the back. As a result it is a very slow process as your eyes can only take so much of this strain. I love the result. The works function in two ways; as an image on the glass or with shadow as an extended projected image. I have made them intentionally to work this way as i feel that the future is uncertain and we need to appreciate the fragility of the balance of nature. Our river is a life force in our region and directly impacts on the changing ecology of where we live.