Artis is proud to show new works by Bridget Bidwill, the artist’s first exhibition in nearly four years.
Sophistication and finesse is evident in these new works, which continue to experiment with surface treatments (such as scratching to reveal included fragments of decade-old works) and placement of organic forms which have become associated with the artist’s name. Depth, tension and mood are explored through colour, texture and composition, in a new range of scales, shapes and mixed media.
I have now been exhibiting for 28 years and although my work still offers hints of reality, it is still essentially abstract. These new paintings seek to evoke feeling and thought by creating their own atmosphere, presence and memories. “As an artist I am not telling a specific story, but hope to allow the changing world in which we live become part of the focus behind my work. Many hours painting in the studio, with the radio on, allow me to learn so much about what is happening in the world and in particular, issues of climate change.
Black Watch is one of the works and in a sense it is a metaphor for our future. Although the darker colours and charcoal in my work may represent the increasing carbon in our atmosphere and in our oceans, the leaf and plant motifs become symbols for natural things that consume that carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen we all survive on. The dark reds and rich colours add bursts of positivity and warmth, as well as representing the beauty of nature and a brighter future.
I would like to dedicate this body of work to my husband Kim, and to the memories of his parents and my father.
– Bridget Bidwill, February 2011