An accomplished artist with many exhibitions under her belt, Ochre Lawson holds a deep appreciation of our unique surroundings in Australia; an environment that is a never-ending source of inspiration. Ochre’s translation captures the spirit of wild country, perhaps showing us a time when man was still connected to animals and nature and had not yet intellectualised a way to separation.
“The wilderness is at the heart of everything I create “… “time spent protecting native flora and fauna gave me a deep understanding of the importance of old growth forests and ecosystems that has informed my artwork ever since.”
Ochres recent body of work in ‘The shifting forest’, her first solos show with Saint Cloche, is inspired by my expeditions into the Gibraltar Range National Park in far northern NSW, an area of massive granite boulders, native grass trees and expansive wilderness areas, a special place that forms part of the Gwondana Rainforests of Australia’s World Heritage Area. This wild place has particular meaning to Ochre as her childhood was spent living on the edge of it and many a weekend was spent on picnics and walking to hidden waterholes deep within granite and gorges.
With a strong observational and spiritual connection to the landscape Ochre translates her works through energetic line, form and colour, abstracting the landscape whilst retaining a sense of place through breaking up space, overlaying line and texture, simplification of form and non-literal colour relationships.
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