two person exhibition features patterns and how they have been interpreted
and saturated with meaning over many centuries of use by different
Jillian Green is exhibiting exquisite drawings, which are breathtakingly
detailed, and a series of paintings, which glow with colour.
stated that her
work references, both in form and
content, the Christian art of the Middle Ages, particularly the
illuminated manuscripts of this period. My ideas come mainly from
reading traditional and contemporary philosophical and theological
writings. The detailed adorning of sacred texts was for the monk
of the Middle Ages a meditative and contemplative act of worship.
Much of my work is quite detailed and also done with this intention.
studied at Edith Cowan University, graduating with a BA in 2000,
and is currently undertaking her Honours Degree at the same university.
Clare McFarlanes beautiful paintings contain many layers of
meaning created by her exploration of Australian feminine identity,
cultural structures, patterns, beauty and craftsmanship. They also
evoke our memories of the past by drawing on the patterns of the
William Morris Company (from the turn of the 19th Century). These
evocative patterns are further adorned with the insertion of birds,
butterflies, insects and plants native to Australia.
stated that the appearance of these Australian elements is
sudden; arriving or emerging from a Victorian sense of beauty and
nature tamed and domesticated in structured patterns.
She views these patterns
as a metaphor for a romanticised
past that influences the social and cultural constructions of feminine
identity and the search for an Australian identity. Whereas Australian
identity is commonly represented in the masculine, my work offers
a feminine perspective.
has a Masters Degree from Curtin University, where she also undertook
her BA and Honours.