Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory (2020)
Acrylic on paper
75cm x 96cm
Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory is based on a collage. When painting from source material, the inexact transcription is part of the fun. Through the process of interpretation, certain shapes or colours get amplified, others are abbreviated or left out. This process of transcribing from collage to painting reminds me of retelling a dream or a joke – the emphasis changes and it never comes out the way you meant. I don’t think this is a bad thing. The work that emerges isn’t really a copy at all, it is an unexpected, new thing.
Caroline Gasteen is a Brisbane based artist whose practice is primarily process-led. She uses collage, photography and paint to generate work. She is particularly interested in colour relationships and dimensionality. Since graduating in 2014 from RMIT, Gasteen has participated in group shows in Melbourne and had her first solo show of paintings at QCA’s Grey St Gallery in Brisbane in 2019. In 2018, she was the overall winner of the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize.