J.E.Thomas. “Lament”, (2006), 160cm x 120cm, oil on canvas
I like the pink lips of the lake… and the changing expressions on the cockatoos…
I like that word imagery….pink lips indeed. A giant mouth ready to swallow the whole scene.
Yes, it’s good because you feel the personification of the land – not in a crude simplistic sense, but in a much more subtle metaphor. Does it sometimes happen with you (it does with me!) that the images redefine and juxtapose themselves without you being consciously aware of manipulating them? Like a complete shortcut between the visual and cognitive centres? It’s fascinating when that happens. Often those are the most successful paintings, they have a depth and also an immediacy which is a powerful combination. Then I tell you what I see in the painting, which you, the painter, may not have consciously realised you had put there, and the painting has opened a dialogue with the viewer… which is what it should do!
The personification of the land through a giant mouth reminds me of the creature Tiddalik in Aboriginal mythology that swallowed all the water. I am glad you saw this because now I cannot but see it.
Can only suppose that “Tiddalik” must somehow have been present in the working… because there it visibly is…
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