altitudeart

PROJECTS
 
 
 
 
       
Sisyphean Rainbow
Sisyphean Dusk
 
Sisyphean Twilight
acrylic on canvas
Oil on canvas
 
acrylic on canvas
280 x 190cm
45.5 x 45.5 cm
     
 
       
Sisyphus and Sisyphus
Sisyphus, The Bridgeman
Sisyphus, The Fisherman
acrylic on canvas
acrylic on canvas
 
acrylic on canvas
280 x 190cm
280 x 190cm
 
280 x 190cm
     
 
       
Sisyphus, The Water Minister
Sisyphus, The Locust Catcher.
Sisyphus's Shadow
acrylic on canvas
acrylic on canvas
 
woodcut
280 x 190cm
280 x 190cm
 
90 x 60cm
     
 
       
Sisyphus , the long walk
Wimmera Bridge
Annual Rainfall.
woodcut
woodcut
 
Installation
60 x 90cm
60 x 90cm
 
190 x 322cm
     
 
       
Bronze sculptures
Mirage
Hindmarsh Mounds
oil on board.
 
oil on board.
15 x 50cm
 
29 x 55cm
     
 
       
Pyramid Hill.
Sisyphus Time
Sisyphean Warrior
oil on board.
mixed media on paper
 
acrylic on paper
15 x 33.5cm
62 x 100cm
 
84 x 59cm
     
     
       
The Walk
 
 
mixed media on paper.
     
62 x 100cm
     
     

 

Statement

"As an artist, opportunities like the Hindmarsh project are instrumental in helping shape and clarify my language as an artist. Working with and in groups like AltitudeArt allow me to explore outside the boundaries that are often set in the commercial gallery system. It is through these projects that l ignite ideas and processes that develop in to my finished art that ends up on the walls of commercial galleries. The opportunity to work and discuss with other artists is rewarding, challenging and opens my mind up to the language of others. It is through these projects that l have returned to printmaking and plein air study.
The other element that is not always obvious is the connection and communication with a local community. It is the meeting with locals, participation in workshops with schools and the education from interest groups that opens the landscape up to mean a great deal more than l see when painting. It is these moments that allow me the artist to paint l believe truer pictures, and develop as an artist.
The work l have done is based on the mythical character Sisyphus. He was condemned to eternity by Hades to push a rock up a hill, only to have it fall back down , everytime he got near the top. A Sisyphean act , is an absurd, endless task.
The work comes in many forms, there are several large canvas's, large woodcuts, bronze sculptures and a super8 film, all of the work centres around a figure representing Sisyphus carrying two water buckets. The idea that he could fill the lake by carrying buckets back and forward would seem absurd. As it has happened , the lake indeed has began to fill, but as always only by natural rainfall, not by the futile efforts of man.
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Mitchell McAuley, November 2010