Wild Animals in Green Spaces, 91 x 92 cm, acrylic on canvas, Detail 2012-13
Come Celebrate with Amanda Goodge, Sunday 25 May, 2-5pm.
Exhibition Dates: 16 May to 30 June 2014
These works by Amanda Goodge reference the experience of close landscape encounters with forests. There is an implication in each painting that the scene/forest/bush continues infinitely beyond the picture’s edge, and, just as it is in reality, comprehension of this landscape comes from the myriad of present details rather than the form of the land itself.
"...These paintings are meditations: produced by circling and applying single strokes of colour evenly across the canvas with an awareness of space and balance throughout. The animals ‘spoke’and were enhanced in black or white after the final colour was applied..." Amanda Goodge 2014
Blue Skies, Green Sage, 86 x 91 cm, acrylic on canvas, Detail 2013
These positive paintings belie Amanda's actual life experience over the past few years. Amanda and her family have been directly impacted by fire, not once but twice. First when the Coopers Creek bush fire raced through Dawson and Seaton in 2007, destroying their hand built home and property including all her art works and then again in 2013 with the Aberfeldy fires destroying their property and her artwork yet again. Heart breaking.
"....Being personally affected by bush fires and witnessing what fire does to the land and the animal populations, I felt the need to express my concern for mankind to preserve green open spaces, not only for animal sanctuary but for his own welfare..."
Amanda has returned to Seaton and rebuilt the family home. It is no longer the place to be during high fire danger days. Like many others in the district, life is no longer the same.