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The Age of Anxiety, Anger and Despair (detail), by Virginia Bucknell, 2018
3 Mar 2018
Description

Artwork One

Media: Acrylic and oil on canvas

Canvas 1: Despair, Canvas 2: Anxiety (pictured), Canvas 3: Anger

Artist's Statement from the Onion Reality Exhibition

When I walk down a main city street on a sunny day, I don’t get to see or feel the rays of sunshine on my skin, as the huge and tall skyscraper buildings block out those rays of sunshine. It is usually a few degrees colder in the city than that of the suburbs, due to more open spaces in the suburbs where the sunshine can flood the areas and create warmth and light.

In the city, the people tend to rush from one place to another and you have to be careful not to be bumped or pushed whilst trying to reach your destination. The perpendicular shapes in my painting represent the tall buildings of a large city, and how one can feel very small, almost invisible in relation to them. The faces of the young people represent the emotions I feel whilst living in a busy city which include anxiety, anger and despair.

Despair shows tall buildings dominating the canvas with a lonely figure at bottom left of canvas, crouched in despair overwhelmed by the city. Anxiety shows buildings floating on the canvas and a lost looking child crying, representing vulnerability, anxiety and fear. In Anger, faces of despair on either sides of the canvas are touched by bolts of black lightening, which represent the emotion anger and the cracks in humanity.

The colours in the materials used in Mikala Dwyers’ installation Square Cloud Compound at the Art Gallery of NSW had a dramatic influence on the the colours that I used.

Artwork Two

Supporting Boughs of Safety and Beauty, 2018

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Artist's Statement from the Onion Reality Exhibition

Upon entry into Mikala Dwyers’ installation Square Cloud Compound, I was enthralled by the huge drapery that fell from the ceiling and created caves and cubby holes in which I felt safe enough to hide. I have the same feeling of safety when I am sitting under a tree, from the array of outstretched branches and leaves protecting me from the harsh sunlight, wind and outside world of prying eyes of strangers.

In the diptych Supporting Boughs of Safety and Beauty, I juxtaposed against the paintings of the buildings in The Age of Anxiety, Anger and Despair. I relate to Joyce Kilmers poem Trees as it expresses the spiritual qualities of trees. Trees also represent life because they breathe in carbon dioxide through photosynthesis providing us with oxygen. 

 

The Age of Anxiety, Anger and Despair and Supporting Boughs of Safety and Beauty, by Virginia Bucknell, 2018, were exhibited at the Onion Reality exhibition at Front Up, 9  11 Rowley Street, Seven Hills, NSW, from 27 February to 3 March, 2018. Virginia was a participant in the Emerge 2017 program supported by Ability Options, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Accessible Arts. It is funded by Ability Options, the Packer Family Foundation and Crown Resorts Foundation. The program is focused on supporting practicing artists with disability.
For more information on the work of Virginia Buckwell, you can visit her website.
© Virginia Bucknell
Photo: Accessible Arts
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