9 September - 4 OctoberVIOLA DOMINELLO works en plein air. Her paintings transform the immediacy of her surroundings into an emotive image. This exhibition showcases her recent oil paintings and watercolour works depicting landscapes and scenes of coastal Australia and abroad in Italy. DOMINELLO continues to employ her own contemporary take on traditional art methods by remixing historical modes of painting. Her works have the ability to invoke landscapes of Chinese scholar painting just as they suggest the stippled greenery of 17th century Dutch landscapes, and echo early en plein air watercolour landscapes of Italy. Cultural influences on seeing and perceiving are made evident through DOMINELLO's own hybridised practice. Her trans-historical images imbue the Australian landscape with unseen ancestral and cultural ties.
Her watercolours of Italy, particularly Venice and the Aeolian Islands, reflect DOMINELLO's continued connection with her Italiao-Australian heritage, and its influence on her practice.
These oil and watercolours have a delicate sensibility that is both evocative and refined. DOMINELLO explores the immediacy of her mediums. She cuts into oil paint, moving and scraping it over the surfaced of the canvas, using the same evocative, but refined, dextrous gestures attributed to her watercolours. Responding to nature, DOMINELLO's dappled colour and brush strokes are masterful: translating light through bodies of water in a way that is evocative of the trembling beauty of a mirage.
DOMINELLO captures the shifting light and liquescent air of coastal vistas. Through painterly gestures she reveals moments that describe the intricate and transient beauty of the landscape.