• Contemplations...


    Contemplations on the Coincidence of Matter, Time and Space

    The series, Contemplations on the Coincidence of Matter, Time and Space are composites of reveries drawn from recollections of random deposits of detritus on White Beach, Flinders Island. The works are organised as interspersed suggestions of shifting pebble beds, shell debris, vegetation and animal remnants as well as lost or discarded human belongings. I aim to capture their constant rearrangement by the action of water and wind and their appearance of drifting across limitless space.

    The forces that shape the landscape; including the effects of gravity, temperature, air and water flow and vibrations are determined by the same principles across the universe. I apply these principles when using the alluvial and aqueous qualities of the watercolour painting techniques to create evocations of the mysterious ebb and flow of time, space and matter. Like breaking waves on a shoreline, these material processes reveal a state of continuous emergence.

    I am in awe of the chain of coincidence that creates the energy, turbulence and ephemerality of phenomena in time and space that comprises the universe, the earth and human habitats. For me, beaches are perfect sites for contemplating the wonder of these systems and my place within them.

    Penny Mason

    February 2018

    Image details

    Title Storm Debris White Beach #4

    h74 x w73.5cms

    watercolour and ink on paper