Friday 29 July - Sunday 4 September

Mildura Arts Centre
Gallery 4
Free Entry

Shinrin-yoku

Jennifer Matthews

(Forest bathing)
Exhibition Opening: 6pm, Friday 29 July 

“A tree stands tall its peeled skin is found at the bottom of its trunk. I looked above to see dendritic marks haemorrhaging from a branch and draining to the earth below. A new season, a new beginning.”

Absorbing the atmosphere, while walking through the bush, I collected pieces of fallen bark. I observed markings on the bark which inspired me to paint in an abstract impressionistic style producing a contemporary gestalt perception of trees.

My Haiku poetry will be titles for my art accompanied with mark-making developed through layers of cold wax and encaustic glazes infused with dry pigments, acrylic paintings, giclĂ©e eco prints and an installation giving a “shinrin-yoku” moment.
 


Image: Jennifer Matthews, A tree standing branches heavy with berries, leaves and twigs, 2022. Acrylic.