Wall painting for entrance

Wall painting for entrance

Caroline Durré

The three huge colourful shapes of Wall painting for entrance use symmetry, decoration and distortion to create unfamiliar objects that appear to bulge out of, or float away from, the wall.

Council commissioned artist Caroline Durré to paint this striking work for its new building at 345 Bridge Road in Richmond.

Passersby can view the work through the large glass doors of the building on Gleadell Street.

Caroline Durré, Wall painting for entrance (2015), acrylic paint on wall, 345 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The work is intended to surprise, puzzle and delight viewers on their swift passage through the foyer or along the street. The shapes are drawn in such a way that, from some points of view, they will appear distended or elongated, and from others, more regular.

Each form has a different distortion. Questioning whether visual perception can be puzzling or teasing, the work invites the viewer to engage in a game of perception. The use of fluorescent colours contributes to its optical challenge.

Curving shapes, called arabesques, ornament the surfaces of the forms.  These shapes have historically been used to decorate fabric, architecture and gardens. Parterres of the formal French and Italian gardens of the seventeenth century are the artist’s most immediate influence. In these gardens living plants are arranged in geometrical shapes.

This work aims to bring some of the pleasures of these gardens into the city and into interior space.

Caroline Durré is a lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts at the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Monash University. She has held numerous solo shows incorporating painting, drawing, printmaking and wall installation in Melbourne and Sydney, most recently at La Trobe Regional Gallery.

In 2006 she was awarded the Swan Hill Regional Gallery Print and Drawing Acquisitive Prize. Her work is in numerous public and corporate collections including National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery,  Monash University, Latrobe Regional Arts Board, BHP Australia and the City of Yarra Art & Heritage Collection.


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