Composition in Blue
Main Gallery > 2 November – 16 December 2018
Composition in Blue is an abstract arrangement of intersecting organic shapes, inspired by the night sky and the wonder, mystery and dynamism evoked by stars. Drawn directly on the gallery wall with gouache and watercolour, the swirling, ethereal composition evolved organically with constellation-like relationships emerging as layers were added. The component shapes are inverted, distorted details drawn from the artist’s recent monotype prints depicting relatively small-scale earthly subjects, including rock formations and eroded gully walls. Reimagined and reanimated to the music of The Griffyn Ensemble, the fragmented shapes are intended to suggest the broader reoccurrence of patterns in nature, connecting earth and sky, solid and fluid.
In working directly on the curved wall, Annika Romeyn aimed to create an immersive experience where viewers could become enveloped by the shifting, spatial and optical qualities of the drawing. Disappearing into the gallery wall, she wanted her drawing to acknowledge that the stars visible to the naked eye are only a minute fraction of those that exist. For Romeyn, the unfathomable sense of scale and distance associated with the stars is a great source of wonder and humility. She pondered over the fact that, by the time the light of distant stars reaches us, we are looking deep into the past, and she was reminded of Rebecca Solnit’s poetic description of ‘the blue of distance’, which informed her choice of colour:
‘I have been moved by the blue at the far edge of what can be seen…the color of there seen from here, the color of where you are not. And the color of where you can never go.’
– Rebecca Solint, A Field Guide to Getting Lost