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Imbol Paintings & Icons and Emblems Series

‘Marion Borgelt was brought up in the wheat field Wimmera district of rural Victoria, which she attributes to her initial interest in the cyclic nature of the land as evidenced in her early work such as Fire, Wind and Water No 1, of the 1980’s. Her striving to find the structure or essence of nature …

Personae Suite

This series was exhibited at Sherman Galleries, 2000 (Fade to Red); Newcastle Art Gallery, 2003 (Hourglass); Australian National University, 2010 (Marion Borgelt: Mind & Matter, A 15 Year Survey); Newcastle Gallery, 2016 (Marion Borgelt: Memory & Symbol, 20-year Survey) ______________________________________________________________________________ Borgelt easily swings between two and three dimensional expression, at various times this has taken …

Primordial series

‘The interest in symbols and motifs continues in the Primordial Series of 1997and the Hourglass Suite 2003and Bottled Histories 1998 – 2000which consists of small artworks that exist as pairs, complementing each other but having a life of their own as painting and sculptural items, both sensitively transformed with wax and paint. They combine the …

Bottled Histories

‘The interest in symbols and motifs continues in the Primordial Series of 1997and the Hourglass Suite 2003and Bottled Histories 1998 – 2000which consists of small artworks that exist as pairs, complementing each other but having a life of their own as painting and sculptural items, both sensitively transformed with wax and paint. They combine the …

Macrocosmos Paintings

Inspired by the artist’s recollection of a song by Van Morrison – a meld between jazz and rock­– the large tableau Moondance extends the artist’s preoccupation with the light, effects and mood of a lunar mise en scène. Shapes float and dance in an eerie, evening twilight. – Karen Woodbury Gallery

Candescent Moon Revisited

Louise Martin Chew writes: “The grouping of Lunar Circle: Night (2011) with its moonlight flicker on evolving dark circles and the linear Candescent Moon Linear: No 1 (2012) that traces the progression of colour across the planet, is interspersed with the vibrating optical movement harnessed in Liquid Light: 66 Degrees (2011). These works speak to …

Cryptologist’s Memoir

Marion Borgelt’s Cryptologist’s Memoir series, 2004-07, was inspired by a newspaper article about the death of Yang Huanyi in September 2004 at the age of 98. She was the last living person fluent in Nushu, a secret women’s written language in China that was over a thousand years old. It was believed to have been …

Macrocosmos Sculptures

Every universal body is in constant motion governed by an individual heartbeat possessing its own rhythm. The pulse of the heartbeat can be measured mathematically and subsequently, each mathematical sequence becomes a system for understanding the relationship of the human being to the greater universe and to time itself. Our moon, as it orbits the …

Lunar

The moon has a powerful allure, brimming with beauty, legend and myth. Its constant presence reminds us of the heavenly bodies beyond our own planet, the vastness of our solar system and the timeless nature of the world we live in. As it orbits the earth, the moon seemingly changes appearance due to its position …

Liquid Light

Just like the changing light from morning to nightfall of any day, the Liquid Light works change with the viewer’s movements, each one opening and closing like the pupil of an eye. Every degree of movement reveals yet another image where the game between artwork and viewer endlessly unfolds. ______________________________________________________________________________ ‘A return to the painted …

Strobe Series

The Strobe works are abstract large-scale paintings referencing waves of bending, twisting light whose vivid bands of colour are a contrast to the subtlety of Borgelt’s earlier work. The rich, intense hues bring a drama to Borgelt’s oeuvre while keeping true to the artist’s ever-present concern with exploration of optical effects. The foundation of this …

Sheer Class Amid Gloom

The Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum, September 17-18, 2016 Marion Borgelt and Paul Selwood: brave lives; bold artworks Ever since former Newcastle lord mayor Jeff McCloy decided that Newcastle Art Gallery couldn’t afford a renovation and didn’t need a director, the place has been as lively as a wet weekend in Minmi. This has been a …

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 into the realms of cosmology.

Her works of art are illusive and hypnotic through the play on refraction, light, pattern and the optical. An almost cosmological collision of particles on canvas or in sculptural form – Borgelt’s works draw the viewer into the frame.

Borgelt’s works of art brim with conscious and unconscious references to symbology and nature. Memory and Symbol is an exhibition that pays homage to one of Australia’s most evocative and enduring contemporary artists.

Extract from Catalogue Essay by Sarah Johnson, Curator – Newcastle Art Gallery