Elsewhere World: Raymond Arnold

Tasmanian artist Raymond Arnold contemplates his own mortality in his latest project.

28 March 2022
In Exhibitions,
Printmaking, Q&A

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Raymond Arnold:

Elsewhere World – Panel I, 2022, hard-ground etching on 300gsm Velin Arches paper 120 cms (h) x 80 cms (w)

Elsewhere World – Panel II, 2022, hard-ground etching  on 300gsm Velin Arches paper 120 cms (h) x 76 cms (w)

Elsewhere World – Panel III, 2022, hard-ground etching on 300 gsm Velin Arches paper 120 cms (h) x 68 cms (w)

Elsewhere World – Panel IV, 2022, hard-ground etching on 300 gsm Velin Arches paper 120 cms (h) x 64 cms (w)

Q: What were some of the foundation ideas for this exhibition project?

A: To see the bones and tombstone at once is the title of my latest exhibition. It consists of etchings and paintings which are founded in a coincidence of nature, death and my own passing from this world. An intersection of the corporeal and the sign through the medium of copper plate etching and oil painting on canvas.

Q: How did the artwork selection take place?

A: The artwork has developed in tandem with my life in the mountains of Western Tasmania but insinuates my death in that same landscape. A type of visual ossuary to accompany my march into the void. The artworks in that sense select themselves.

Q: How does the exhibition manifest – what do visitors experience?

A: The exhibition consists of terraces of prints and paintings leading the viewer into reciprocating micro and macro moments

Q: What are some of the key works and what subject matter do they deal with?

A: A key work in the exhibition is a ten-panel etching panorama ostensibly depicting the landscape surrounding my home and studio as a panoply of space and time

Q: What is it about the printmaking experience that you most appreciate?

A: The contradiction between it’s indexical nature, its sense of ‘proof’ and its creation of alternate and unique worlds through the mirroring process.

To see the bones and the tombstone at once is at Bett Gallery, Hobart, until 9 April nfo@bettgallery.com.au

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