Dark Adaptation, Original Artwork by Morgana Celeste
Dark Adaptation, Original Artwork by Morgana Celeste, Paper, Plaster, Acrylic Paint, 700mm x 600mm, 2021
About the work:
Dark Adaptation, Original Artwork by Morgana Celeste.
This piece is part of Chromatic Retreat, a group exhibition showcasing the work of 17 Australian artists exploring their practice within the limits of a largely achromatic palette.
“For these works I focused on the freedom of only two choices, black or white. The ease of it allowed me a meditative workflow unbroken by my usual agitations and excitement about choosing the right colour for a specific moment. To begin with I drew big open armed shapes freehand that rambled across the page, refining and tightening up as I went along. Now they’re finished, these works represent moments in my life where I’ve been awed by the push and pull between light and darkness” Celeste says.
“In summer, rushing inside for a glass of water in the middle of the day only to find that the room is an un-viewable shock of darkness. A split second eclipse or a photograph developing before me. A moment of unfamiliarity in such a well known environment and the patience it requires to see it wholly again. I love how this allows another chance for the first glimpses of a space. This adjustment the eyes undertake is known as ‘dark adaptation’.”
About the Artist:
Morgana Celeste is a Melbourne-based florist and emerging artist. Combining her love of materiality and composition – and her studies in floristry and textile design – Morgana makes textural, abstract three-dimensional works that sit somewhere between painting and sculpture.
– Paper, Plaster, Acrylic
– Framed in Tasmanian Oak
Paper, Plaster, Acrylic Paint. Framed in Tasmanian Oak