Gallery 2

Oil paintings by Jenny Carrington

Mandala (Unity).
Oil on Canvas. 1994. 41 x 41 cm.

Astrological Mandala (28/11/69).
Oil on Canvas. 1995. 152 x 152 cm.

Full Moon Rising.
Oil on Canvas. 1996. 30 x 30 cm.

Child of Earth and Starry Heaven.
Oil on Canvas. 1996-98. 91 x 61 cm.

This painting involves the idea of the eternal soul. The title comes from a pre-Socratic document called the Petelia tablet, from the 4th-3rd Century BCE, which was found in excavations of a tomb near Petelia in southern Italy, and is now in the British Museum. It was written in Greek on a sheet of thin gold, rolled up and placed in a hexagonal cylinder on a delicate gold chain, and worn as an amulet by the deceased, to give protection and direction in the underworld.

You will find a spring on the left of the halls of Hades, and beside it a white cypress growing. Do not even go near this spring. And you will find another, from the Lake of Memory, flowing forth with cold water. In front of it are guards. You must say, 'I am the child of earth and starry heaven, but my race is of heaven (alone); this you yourselves also know. I am dry with thirst and am perishing. Come, give me at once cold water flowing forth from the Lake of Memory.' And they themselves will give you to drink from the divine spring, and thereafter you shall reign with the other heroes.
Ancilla to the Pre-Socratic Philosophers. Kathleen Freeman. Oxford. 1971.

[Detail] - Child of Earth and Starry Heaven.

Journey of the Soul / Creation to Eternity.
Oil on Canvas. 1997. 41 x 164 cm.
[Four canvases, each 41 x 41 cm]

Oil on Canvas. 1998. 76 x 91 cm.

Serpentine Path.
Oil on Canvas. 1998. 51 x 76 cm.

Walk at Dawn.
Oil on Canvas. 1998. 60 x 35 cm.

(Detail of a landscape)
Oil on Canvas. 1999.

Enchanted Forest.
Oil on canvas. 2002. 10 x 10".
(Playing with colour.)

Parallel Universe
Oil on Canvas. 2003
102 x 122 cm

A visualization of the various levels of existence, and the interconnectedness of all things.


The "parallel" theme works on several different levels:

1. The landscape is repeated one above the other "as above, so below". Two versions of the one scene.

2. Background and foreground of the one scene. The blue is sky in the top half and water in lower half.

3. Light and dark. (Good and evil.)

4. The two interchanging strips the light contains a part of the dark and vice versa. A horizontal Yin-Yang.

5. The view of the surface of the land, and the cross section of the geological structure, (external and internal). (Western view and indigenous.)

6. The shading of the form is carried out by using parallel bands of tonal gradation which blend visually at a distance, to give the illusion of form.

7. The painting continues around the edge of the canvas suggesting another dimension. A cross section perpendicular to the foreground cross section.

Detail showing approximate size of the bands of colour.

The painting continues around the edge...

A quote from:
Judith Wright, 'Landscape and Dreaming', in R. Graubard (ed.) Australia: The Daedulus Symposium, Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1985. p. 32.

The very word "landscape" involves, from the beginning, an irreconcilable difference of viewpoint, and there seems no word in European languages to overcome the difficulty.

It is a painter's term, implying an outside view, a separation, even a basis of criticism.

We cannot set it against the reality of earth-sky-water-tree-spirit-human complex existing in spacetime, which is the Aboriginal world.

We have unravelled the original continuum into many different elements, and use the word not only in aesthetic contexts, but as a general vague term in geology, botany, and many other disciplines.

To add the further elements of prehistory, history, and future that are bedded in the Dreamtime is to realize how far our world has been fragmented.

What we see in the landscape, then, is a partial, inadequate, and temporal vision, reflecting our own interests.

Sacred Stone (1).
Oil on Canvas. 2005. 30 x 30 cm.(slightly cropped)

Sacred Stone (2).
Oil on Canvas. 2005. 25 x 55 cm.

Granite Country Sunrise.
Oil on Canvas. 2006. 61 x 91 cm.

Vital Signs.
Oil on Canvas. 2006. 91 x 76 cm.

Oil on Canvas. 2008. 20 x 20 cm.

One Tree Hill Path.
Oil on Canvas. 2008. 20 x 20 cm.