Many great composers revelled in the practice of taking a theme of music and developing it into interpretations and variations. With changes to key, tempo, style or instrument, the breadth and depth of their thought processes is able to be audibly demonstrated and experienced. Just a few examples of this practice are Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Brahms Paganini Variations or even John Thompson’s interpretations of Three Blind Mice.
My thought was to take this concept and explore the visual themes of abstraction and geometric lineal rhythms through the immediacy of the linocut technique, and then develop multiple variations of those themes in a series of prints. Thirty plates have been used, either singularly or in a multiple, over printing format. In some of the prints a dark density challenges the geometry, whereas others have a strong graphic geometrical quality and rhythm; variations on a theme. The linguistic confusion of Spoonerisms has formed the titles, a further variation, and an edition of four artist’s books containing forty two prints, have been completed.
Wendy Kelly lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. She graduated with a PhD in 2010 and her extensive solo exhibition history includes more than thirty solo shows, many curated and touring exhibitions and she has received awards, grants, commissions and studio residencies, published articles and presented at conferences in Turkey, Germany, New Zealand and Australia. Her work is included in major collections, both public and private.