Elizabeth Bach Caboolture Artist
Over the last ten years I spent many hours travelling by car through SE Qld to visit my mother who lived in the Burnett. While driving, I spent the time observing the landscape with the different grasses that grew alongside the road and in the paddocks, and the patterns that were formed as the light changed throughout the day. I began a series of works, and painting and studying grass became something of an obsession. These were the drought years and I was impressed by the resilience of the grass and its ability to grow in the harshest conditions. These works are an intimate observation of the landscape while looking at nature as a cycle. These fragments of the landscape show the intricate structure of everyday plants, and are based on early works which examine the life cycle. The patterns of the forms show difference through repetition and the style of painting points to a scientific study of the grasses. The smallness and fragility of the flowers and seeds belie their toughness. The cycle of life and death is objectified for the viewer who can understand that death in the natural world is optimistic because it is regenerative.
 
   
Patterns of Drought

Patterns of Drought
 
After the Rain

After the Rain
Dry Summer

Dry Summer
Ephemeral 2

Ephemeral 2
Ephemeral

Ephemeral
 
Feathery Rhodes (2)

Feathery Rhodes (2)
 
Fragment of the Landscape

Fragment of the Landscape
 
Fragment of the Landscape 1

Fragment of the
Landscape 1
 
Fragment of the Landscape 2

Fragment of the
Landscape 2
 
Fragment of the Landscape 3

Fragment of the
Landscape 3
 
Kangaroo Grass

Kangaroo Grass
 
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Life Cycle
The Long Paddock

The Long Paddock
 
Tryptich

Tryptich
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Blowing in the wind

Blowing in the wind
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