Last week I decided that I should review all the work that I have completed so far in my Salamanca series. This collection of abstract works features a red line that is painted along the Hobart waterfront. Its role is to denote the waterfront’s land boundary.

Lines such as this one send out a number of messages. Firstly, this line is a boundary marker. One can cross it, but not park one’s car on it. There is a certain mystery about this line. Where does it lead to? Where does it start and end? Why is it red?

In my first drawing (vertical, right) I recorded the line and its surrounding concrete as I saw it. My second work took on a strong symbolic meaning. That particular drawing (not shown) is one of my entries in this year’s Glover Prize.

Two other drawings (top & bottom, left) continue to track the journey of the line.

I have also completed two, quite large drawings, a much smaller one and I’m presently working on an eighth piece.

One of my completed works is an off-shoot of the continuous straight, red line.

I am trying to interpret this line in a number of ways and I want viewers to be open-minded when they see these works. Is it just a line, or is there more here than meets the eye?




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artist, art curator, art teacher, art judge, art critic
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3 Responses to WALKING THE LINE

  1. Gillian says:

    I’m enjoying seeing these put together as well as separate artworks. Maybe you could make a composite using this idea or a triptych?

    I bet you’re glad you haven’t moved to Cairns yet, given the awful news of that cyclone. I do so feel for those poor people of Queensland. x

    • artkleko says:

      I’m hoping to have an exhibition of these works, Gillian, but I’m not sure when.
      Cairns has escaped the brunt of Yasi, and I’m glad we didn’t go earlier!
      Regards, Richard

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