Exhibition | love on camino: an unfiltered fantasy

An exhibition of collagraph prints about love in images and thoughts set on the Camino.

Machteld Hali | Little Blowhole Art Bar, 4 Tingiri Cres, Kiama

Opening night; Thursday 6 June, 5.30pm

This exhibition, has grown out of , ‘Camino’ to be first shown at IMPACT 10, the International Print Symposium, Santander, Spain, 2018, with the theme, ENCUENTRO, ( meetings)of cultures and languages, interprets this theme as related to the Camino de Santiago de Compostella.

Machteld walks the Camino, walked by pilgrims over the last 1200 years, annually for all it gives her,…the inspiration, enlightenment, healing. and with this exhibition, love fantasies.

The body of work explores love scenes in the context  of the convergences along the way of different cultures, languages, nationalities and even flora in visual images with a strong narrative element.

The rhythms of walking with its repetitive variants akin to a Bach fugue are interplayed with the rhythms of love with texts from the Metaphysical poets such as Andrew Marvel and John Donne …in this medieval Spanish landscape with its often crumbling stone buildings revealing their years of Antiquity with style and their knowledge of History.

As The Way strips the metaphorical journey of life of all its contemporary clutter, so the work focuses on the mere bones of the image, the microcosm of symbolic detail, such as the shell, the symbol of the Walk, often revealing the macrocosm.

In the heightened mesmeric state, achieved through the daily rhythm of walking,  eating, sleeping, loving, the landscape becomes imbued with a whole new level of meaning and beauty to be captured in the images. The visual world takes on an intensified reality to be absorbed in the work.; as Oscar Wilde said, ’the true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible’.

The work is a set of 18 related, A3 sized sepia collagraph prints incorporating poetic text and repeated patterns and tell the story of Machteld’s Camino. It captures precious moments such as a woman hanging out washing, lovers in a tumbling down loft, a poem found on a post in a bar in the Alsa bus station.

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