Suzi Zglinicki: Statement
I am an artist who works between Sydney and the Hunter Region of NSW. My current work is an exploration of the many moods of the Hawkesbury River. It is inspired by the flow of water, mountains, fog and trees at the liminal zone of the river. I uses natural forms and materials to create semi-abstracted images in particular works related to an environment unmarked by human intervention, a world no longer in existence, to places where there is no sign of human desecration, a place that is said to be no longer found anywhere on the earth. My artworks are painted in ink on canvas, in an effort to capture some of the essences of water, such as fecundity, balance and profusion. I have constructed my vision of a particular place, the Hawkesbury River, while drawing inspiration from a much broader range of marine environments. The muted rendering of light and tone in my paintings establishes the stillness and luminosity of the river at dusk or dawn, while the underlying forms generate a symmetry between sky and ground that simulates a peaceful balance and harmony. The soft edges and indeterminate shapes create a sense of mystery and a feeling of power behind the stillness. A kind of eeriness pervades each dark, brooding landscape. In addition the eighty-one small works are designed to create wonder and awe in their mass and variety, despite the similarities of materials, size and colour.