Day 322: Studio, by Deirdre But-Husaim

Studio (collection desk) by Deirdre But-Husaim

Day 322: Studio (collection desk), by Deirdre But-Husaim

There is a puzzling trend among Australian artists at the moment to deny the existence of the outside world and retreat deeply within themselves. Walking around art galleries becomes akin to flicking through TV channels, which are filled with cooking, home renovation, and celebrity gossip shows. Similar interiority and insularity seems to reign across a number of exhibitions I had seen lately, as the artists disengage from the outside world and cocoon themselves within the escapist comfort of their homes and studios.

Witness, for example, Deirdre But-Husaim’s current exhibition at Helen Gory, of which Studio (collection desk), is a representative example. There is no denial that this large-scale work is capably executed; the brushwork is exciting and painterly; and the colour palette and overall gamut of the composition is capably and expertly managed. The minute insight that the artist provides into her studio environment is invaluable as we learn about her studio organisation, creative processes, and her sources of influence and inspiration.

But one does wonder if there is truly nothing else that is happening around the world, near or far, that would excite the imagination of this truly capable and talented artist beyond the confines of her own studio walls. The exciting, memorable, mysterious and psychologically challenging work, The Painting, which the artist had submitted to this year’s Sulman Prize and which was inspired by her recent trip to Russia, begs to differ (see http://but-husaim.id.au/xhbtns/sulman_2012.html); and I personally look forward to seeing more works of this magnitude from the brush of this truly gifted and technically brilliant artist.



[© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg 2012; where applicable, images are courtesy of the artists and their galleries]

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Eugene Barilo v. Reisberg

November 2012


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