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My practice is a contemplation on the essence of light. The works are intended to offer the viewer a more palpable experience of light at play.

Slow light refers to the way in which the apparent speed of light slows and is experienced as a soft glow of colour between layers of paper. I use form and space to capture, transform and screen light so that works are best experienced as gradual encounters with the variations in ambient light of each piece.

Spending the northern summers of 2011, 2012 and 2013 in Scandinavia has ignited a passion for the powerful yet transient and transforming qualities of light. The motifs and architectonic devices I enlist often echo the way in which the glow of light and natural forms seep into the fabric of Nordic design and architecture.

To further these investigations of the optical qualities of light I am employing a broader range of materials. Without an object (surface) on which the light can fall, one only sees darkness. Light itself is invisible. We only see things, only objects (surfaces), not light. Arthur Zajonc quantum physicist 1993.

For my wallltalk show I have used encaustic, Plexiglas and neon light. The variation in media presents the viewer with points of tension in light speed and colour saturation(as a signifier of light activity on an object). This unease can be explained, at least in part, by the variation in the way the apparent speed of light, colour saturation and light activity is experienced by the observer.

The optical effects of encausitic medium, for example, offers a particularly appealing play with its translucence and lustre. The refractive qualitites of light create a softening and slowing of light as well as a feeling for the medium's potential maleability.

Plexiglas is a divergence from slow light. It's lustrous reflective planes and variation in transparency and opacity confound light's pathways and speed up our experience of light. The introduction of artificial light, such as the neon and LED light, significanly varies the perception of light speed and amplifies the experience of colour and light with its luminescenct emissions.

Artists, designers and architects in neo-minimalist and modernist genres have offered me the greatest intrigue and inspiration... including Olafur Elliasson, Alvar Aalto and Christian Haub as well as antipodeans Marion Borgelt and Gemma Smith.
Colleen DaRosa is represented by on-line gallery Cuatorialandco.

Education - Art Related
2014 Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours)          Southern Cross University
2012 Contemporary Fine Art Practice             Uni of London, School Of Arts
        Intensive Summer School                     Central Saint Martins
2010 Diploma of Fine Arts                             TAFE NSW

Awards and Selection
2015  Winner Packer's Prize (juried) - Prospect Portrait Prize
         Selected Artist - The Other Art Fair Sydney 2015
         Finalist - Waverley Art Prize 2015    
         Selected artist - Artist in Residence (March) Tweed regional Gallery
         Selected as Showcase Artist for April-June – Community Centre, Byron Bay
         Highly Commended - Byron Bay Arts Classic
2014  First class Honours - Bachelor of Visual Arts Southern Cross University
2013  Finalist - Northern Rivers Portrait Competition
2012  Finalist - R & M McGivern National Painting Prize
2011  Finalist - Northern Rivers Portrait Competition
         Winner - Works on Paper Ocean Shores Art Expo
         Finalist - Artfelt Exhibition    

Exhibitions
2017 Slow Light...Celestial. Tweed Regional Gallery. Murwillumbah
         Light Box installation. Lateen Lane for Elysium Project. Byron Bay.
2016  Slow Light - (solo exhibition) BSA Project Space, Mullumbimby
2015  Prospect Portrait Prize - Prospect Gallery, Adelaide
         The Other Art Fair Sydney 2015 - Central Park, Sydney
         Waverley Art Prize 2015, Sydney
         Artist in Residence (March/April) - Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio, Tweed Regional Gallery   
         Showcase Artist for April-June - Community Centre, Byron Bay
         Byron Bay Arts Classic - Community Centre, Byron Bay
2014  International Slow Art Day Exhibition - Art Piece Gallery, Mullumbimby
         Group Exhibition - Barebones Gallery, Bangalow
         slow light ...a Nordic odyssey - Solo Exhibition for BVA Honours Gallery 291, Lismore
2013  A Geography of Light - Solo Exhibition Northern Rivers Gallery, Ballina
         CPM National Print Prize - Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah
         Northern Rivers Portrait Competition - Lismore Regional Gallery
2012  Byron Arts Classic Community Centre, Byron Bay
         R & M McGivern National Painting Prize - Maroondah Art Gallery
         New Works - The Channon Gallery The Channon
         Launch Exhibition - Doublebassment Studios, Byron Bay
2011  North Coast Arts Classic - Community Centre, Byron Bay
         Northern Rivers Portrait Competition - Lismore Regional Gallery
         CPM National Printmaking Prize - Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah
         Ocean Shores Art Expo - Ocean Shores
         SAE Art Competition - Space Gallery, Lismore
         Artfelt Exhibition - Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina

 

 

 

 

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