Biggs is a former West Australian artist now living on the North
East coast of Tasmania. The headland location of her home and studio
overlooks the sea to the North and there is a steep landmass to
the West. The clouds that stream across Lorraines outlook
generally move from West to East and with every passing moment they
change shape, colour and morph into something else. Living on the
lee side of the island, the afternoon light is often soft and subdued.
Clouds are suffused with mauve shadows and golden highlights.
The weather patterns at this latitude can create beautifully choreographed
layers of different clouds that scud across the sky. They change
with the seasons, the zephyrs, the gales and sometimes the strange
stillness and peculiar light of the East coast of Tasmania. This
body of work explores the nature of just some of those clouds in
their various forms.
The infinite permutations of the dissolving and disappearing
clouds provide an endless source to paint. The works are a physical
experience of my meditation on colour and form through cloud movement.
For some, the significance of clouds resides in them being metaphors
for heightened states of consciousness. The observation of clouds
certainly makes one reflective and the absorption in thought held
simply by moving colour and shape can be an uplifting experience.
We live in such a complex world that I hope that these works can
be seen as an escape or antidote to that complexity.
by the chameleon qualities of clouds, Lorraine has strived to capture
something of their ephemeral beauty, and has succeeded brilliantly.
She has produced these evocative images using oil paint on canvas
or charcoal and pastel chalk on hemp/recycled paper. This is Lorraines
eighth solo exhibition and she has work in several public collections
including the Art Gallery of WA, Curtin University, Ian Bernadt
Collection, University of Tasmania, Artbank, Lawrence Wilson Art
Gallery (UWA) and several others.