Bottled Histories: Suite No. II Fig. 30 Bottled Histories: Suite No. II Fig. 28 Bottled Histories: Suite No. II Fig. 27 Bottled Histories: Suite No. II Fig. 9 Bottled Histories: Suite No. II Fig. 1 Bottled Histories: Suite No. I Fig. 16 Bottled Histories: Suite No. I Fig. 11 Bottled Histories: Suite No. I Fig. 7 in situ at Drill Hall Gallery ANU, 2010

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‘The interest in symbols and motifs continues in the Primordial Series of 1997and the Hourglass Suite 2003and Bottled Histories 1998 – 2000 which 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 constructed with the organic world and elude also to past cultures such as an interlaced Celtic symbols, and the religion cross motif. They are also suggestive of nature and the beginning of matter; a cocoon suggesting a life within, a maze or lozenge. There is a sense of mystery and depth created by the patterns and surfaces below the translucent surface. Each work is perfectly symmetrical with exquisite patterns, fine lines and subtle shading. They are delicate precious objects, conveyors of messages and meaning with an allure that works on the viewer’s inner psyche.  “I wish to express the power within the intimate scale, the ability to leave impressions on the memory,” explains Borgelt.

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