Eliza May Russell
Northern Beaches Secondary College Freshwater Senior Campus
After the Battle: Pervading Memories
Acrylic on canvas
My great-grandfather, Eric Clement Seale, was assigned in World War 2 as a military camouflage artist on Goodenough Island, Papua New Guinea. Camouflage involves varying degrees of abstraction, and in my body of work I experimented with the disintegration of the lines between actuality and emotion. I explored the emotional effects of places of great significance on our lineage, through an anomalous use of palette knives and painting mediums, varying the balance between abstraction and realism. My work highlights the intertwining, in the context of profound experiences, of the narrative of departure to return, and emotional pragmatism to uncertainty.
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