7 – 18 April 2021
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Following on from an extraordinary year, Saint Cloche is delighted to welcome back Victorian artist, Stacey Rees and reveal ‘Golden Hour’.
‘Golden Hour’ is the first hour after sunrise and the last hour of light before sunset that produces a warm natural light. Also known as ‘Magic Hour’ and ‘Twilight’, it is a universally loved time of day, when the sun is so low and is starting to slip away, the light is guiding, creating long and soft shadows giving dimension, its intensity is gently diffused through the atmosphere, offering that consummate magical illumination on all subjects.
Bathing the landscape in rich, iridescent hues as it descends over the horizon, for artists and photographers, Golden Hour often becomes the hour: the time and opportunity to create divine elysian imagery, an immaculate portrait, the hour to rely on for its consistency and lucid beauty.
In ‘Golden Hour’, Stacey captures a moment pulled free of the relentless forward motion. It is in these moments of exquisite beauty when we try to freeze our experience, the noise of the day quietens and we can meditate on the simplicity of being within our environment so luminously displayed. Though a passing window of time, we can rest in the warm turning of it’s light, flooded with hope not only of new beginnings but by the soothing reminder of the autonomy nature provides. A busy day slowed to sleep by the passing of the sun, merely dwelling simply being, soaking up into every cell and corner of our memory, we hold our breath and stand still.
Stacey’s works are recurrently an exploration of impressions surrounding individual identity and the way we represent ourselves, from the inner and outer perspective. More than that, the works are about not taking anything for granted. These collected works are an exploration of new beginnings and where we find ourselves today.
“In GOLDEN HOUR I am looking through a kaleidoscope of colour and paying attention to the things we may not have in the past. It’s the discovery of life around us through a more positive and jubilant lens.
There’s mixed emotions of empowerment, adventure, exploration and life itself. The ‘Rose-coloured-glasses’ are now firmly on, looking at life with the approach to a heightened consciousness of privilege and compassion comes to mind here, through self-indulgences in discovery and escapism for every one of us.
Colour is life. And life is about celebration, colour makes us happy which is something we all need right now!”
~ Stacey Rees
About Stacey Rees
Stacey Rees is a contemporary abstract artist based in the Grampians, Victoria and is an observer of life and people. She looks beyond what is on the surface and is more interested in inner workings. Although Stacey has been exhibiting since 2002 and was most recently a finalist in the Percival Portrait Painting Prize, 2020, this will be Stacey’s debut Sydney solo show at Saint Cloche.