On the Other Side of the River, 2017 oil on Belgian linen 153cm x 153cm
Eventide, 2018 oil on Belgian Linen 153cm x 153cm
The Bush Block, 2017 oil and beeswax on Belgian linen 200cm x 200cm
The Wetlands, 2017 oil on Belgian Linen 200cm x 200cm
The Golden Hour, 2017 oil on Belgian linen 168cm x 183cm
The Pines, 2017 oil on Belgian linen 153cm x 153cm
Starry Night River, 2017 oil on Belgian linen 122cm x 122cm
Parting Storm, 2017 diptych 122cm x 244cm
Nightfall, 2017 oil on Belgian linen 153cm x 263cm
Pink Sky in the Morning, 2017 oil on Belgian linen 153cm x 153cm
Woolshed Falls, 2017 oil on Belgian linen 200cm x 200cm
21 September - 7 October 2017
Jo Davenport’s lyrical oil paintings inhabit a liminal resting place between real, imagined and remembered landscapes. In the works, space is not defined by perspectival and physical strictures but conceived as personal constellations of identity. Functioning as portraits as much as they are landscapes, the works map the emotional physiognomy of place.
Through visceral layers of oil, intuitive mark making and refined erasure, Davenport summons the ‘spirit’ of places from her personal history; specifically the Murray River region. Her mnemonic and tectonic approach spawns an abstraction that evokes fragmented residues from the past. For Davenport, returning to certain landscapes conjures revenant specters of their former life. Sheer swathes of ghostly oil screening distant forms evoke presences from the past, while ‘grids’ of paint drips are like the membranes of memory that filters perception. Each painting conjures a specific time of day and season, fossilising these moments whilst also revealing the brevity of time, of life. Instead of dwelling on grand Romantic narratives surrounding the sublimity of nature, the paintings ultimately form gentler contemplations of the fragility and intimacy of the landscape. We are presented with sensual perceptions of place filtered through a decidedly feminine lens tempered with maternal modalities of creation and nurture.
- 'Beyond Landscape' Catalogue Essay, Arthouse Gallery, 2017