© 2017 Fern Petrie. All images copyright Fern Petrie. Artworks must not be reproduced without the artists written permission. Thank you

2010
The Velvet Album

19th N ovember – 3th December, Murano & Gullotti Gallery, Perth.

I Love thee
Oil on Canvas, 2010, 152.5 x 122 cm. Sold.
The Poetry Lesson
Oil on Canvas, 2010, 152.5 x 122 cm. Collection of the Artist.
The Proposition
Oil on Canvas, 2010, 152.5 x 91.5 cm. Sold.
The Velvet Ribbon
Oil on Canvas, 2010, 152.5 x 91.5 cm. Collection of the Artist.
The Age of Empire
Oil on Canvas, 2010, 122 x 91.5 cm. Sold.
Patience
Oil on Canvas, 2010, 51 x 40.5 cm. Sold.
Prima Ballerina
Oil & Silver Leaf on Canvas. 76 x 51 cm. Sold
The Sentinel
Oil on Canvas, 2010, 51 x 40 cm. Sold.
Heartland
Oil on Canvas, 2010, 51 x 41 cm. Sold.
Beside the Seaside
Oil on Canvas, 2010, 51 x 41 cm. Sold.
Terra Mater
Found Objects, Mixed Media & Oil, 2010, 100 x 36 x 36 cm. Sold.
Eve in the Garden
Found Objects & Mixed Media, 2005-09, 37 x 16.5 x 16.5. Destroyed.
Hamadryad
Found Objects & Mixed Media, 2010, 55 x 30 x 25 cm. Sold.
A Maze of Mystery
Doll & Mixed Media, 1808 Prints, 2010, 46 x 40.5 x 18 cm. Sold.
Great Expectations Butterfly
Varnish, Butterfly & Ink, 22 x 27 cm, 2011. Sold.
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In late November 2009 a red velveteen Victorian photo album passed into my possession. Within its ornate butterfly printed pages I was given a glimpse of one Victorian family. I found these images hit a chord within me and I could not turn away until I had explored them in more detail. In the photographs the intricacies of these people’s lives were only hinted at through staged backgrounds and elaborate props but even these could have been illusions. I had heard of the hired clothes and stiffening braces used to construct a fantasy of how these people wished to be remembered. I felt a compulsion to rework a selection of the images which particularly spoke to me; to elaborate upon them and breathe life into them once again.

 

This collection of paintings seeks to create a new album, a surreal dream-like tribute to lives which have been all but forgotten. In the reworked images bodies turn to stone or wood, ribbons weave through lovers and pets take on human characteristics. Utilizing large scale and enlivening colour I wish to pay homage to the important moments in life, moments which transcend centuries and are common bonds which bind the lives in the photographs to our own. I look at photos of my own childhood, marriage and moments in my own life and hope that in the future when they are all that is left of me someone will look on them with a loving eye and respect the life which was linked to them enough to treasure them as I do the images kept within the Velvet Album.