MARIE MASON: FROM THE MURRAY TO THE SEA
For this exhibition printmaker Marie Mason has depicted landscapes around Victoria where she has lived or visited, including Venus Bay, the Shepparton–Mooroopna area and the Murray River at Mildura.
Mason has been creating art of one form or another for over 50 years. She started as a painter but was drawn to printmaking after discovering the work of Margaret Preston and Claude Flight. Her strongest passion is for representing the Australian landscape, aiming to capture the essence of a place by seeing the patterns left by nature – flood damage, dry conditions, wind and storms, dust and shadows, fire damage – and recording how the landscape changes with the seasons.
Mason says, ‘I am trying to separate and simplify the patterns of nature and print them accurately together to show the beauty and diversity of creation. The presence of sunlight and shade in the landscape, twilight shadows and water, are all fascinating challenges. I love making beautiful, interesting pictures and am addicted to printmaking.’
She created the works in this exhibition using the reduction lino method, which allows her to have colour and diversity of tone in the work. This body of work was created in weekly printing sessions at the Australian Print Workshop Fitzroy and the Firestation Print Studio in Malvern.
A Backspace Gallery exhibition
Image: Marie Mason, The sun’s last glare reflected, nd. linocut on paper. Courtesy the artist
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