Talk by Susan Fielder: 10
||And then came the
roundabout. With stunning simplicity, this device solved the whole problem by transforming
the two-way situation of an intersection into a one-way flow. The basic give way to the
right rule still applied, but it brought motorists to a common structure, the turntable
around which everyone would have their place eventually. The result of this process was
that driving around Melbourne today is more of a square dance than a military drill. It's
quite beautiful to watch a roundabout in action.
Some of the work that I included in Swings
and Roundabouts is actually in this exhibition. There is a series of four paintings
based on the master's diagrams of circles and ellipsis. In these my project was to use the
ellipse as a basic unit by which to construct geometrical shapes. I wanted to reveal a
depth within the shape that was inherently unstable. This is a depth that breaks apart the
shape into parts that reverberate along a chain.
The first painting is titled Verstrictsein
|I must admit, I did
go on a bit here.
I eventually get to Tass Wolfe's exhibition at the Institute of Modern Art, Cairns -
'Swings and Roundabouts'