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2016 Memory & Symbol: 20 Year Survey

EXHIBITION: 20 year Survey Exhibition, Newcastle Art Gallery 2016 Borgelt’s lexicon is a plethora of materials, symbols and motifs that speak a secret code: a literal and metaphorical portal to another world and consciousness. They evoke primordial notions of human evolution from a cellular level and more grandiose notions of the expansion of the universe …

2010 MIND & MATTER, A 15 Year Survey

Drill Hall Gallery, The Australian National University 27 May–4 July 2010 Curated by Glen Israel This survey exhibition covers 15 years of creative endeavour in a variety of media and forms by major Australian artist, Marion Borgelt, demonstrating her innovative approach, yet solid grounding in personal ideas and concerns. There is a unifying order and …

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‘Borgelt’s works speak of ancient memory and symbol systems, of allegory and metaphor and the contemplative world of the present. There is often a play with oppositional elements such as a sense of regularity verses the fluid or the duality of light and dark. 

Her artworks appear abstract, before we discover links to nature and culture.  This layering of meaning suggests the tension between forces and surfaces. Throughout her artworks references are made to time and change, universal codes from language to life rhythms and lunar cycles. Borgelt has always had an interest in the purity of design and its power to communicate messages. Her work is visually exciting as well as sensitive, inspiring the mind and feelings of the viewer.

Borgelt displays discernment in combining the divergent: of sumptuous organic surfaces, such as the smoothness and translucency of wax overlays, with the order of the abstract symbol. At all times there is an exquisite sense of restraint and control with her meticulous attention to detail and finish. Her works have a luminous rich glowing presence bringing a meditative quality, hinting at the psychological and mythical. When in the presence of her works the viewer feels a heightened perception and a desire to understand the universe more deeply, to speculate about the impact of the laws of nature on our being and their metaphysical and scientific resonance. Borgelt’s art objects entice and puzzle, entrancing the viewer, causing a personal reaction and deep reflection.’

Glenis Israel, 2010