Gallery    Etretat series 2014-2018

Silent Passage panel 1

 

Étretat, Monet’s territory, Normandy Coast, France

The Process of experience

My French journey to the Étretat ocean sites of Monet's youth provided a fresh frame of reference, offering insights and connections to my Australian sites on the Pacific Coast.

Monet’s coastal paintings were records of Monet's embodied experience of his landscape. I retraced this landscape and from my immersive encounter with the sites Monet painted and drew, it was clear they involved a committed physical engagement within the landscape; extensive walking, steep declines, ascents and negotiating restrictive tidal coves; all of which I experienced myself in Étretat and resonated with a familiarity to my own coastal terrain in Australia.

The Étretat works on paper were made in the Paris studio and the paintings were made on my return to Australia. They are residues of my immersive experiences walking in a dramatic yet gentle landscape of multiple viewpoints and dissolving horizons. What struck a chord were the perceived shifts in physicality of weight of landforms, intrusions engulfed in hazy blues, chalky surfaces and broken edges. The works became an interplay between weight, balance, light and dissolving forms in space.

Morning by Wendy Stokes

Morning

acrylic and oilstick on canvas

183cmx152cm

Silent Passage by Wendy Stokes

Silent Passage  2018

acrylic and oilstick on canvas

183cmx152cm

Silent Passage panel 1 by Wendy Stokes

Silent Passage panel 1  2018

acrylic and oilstick on canvas

183cmx152cm

Silent Passage panel 2 by Wendy Stokes

Silent Passage panel 2

acrylic and oilstick on canvas

183cmx152cm

Morning 2 by Wendy Stokes

Morning 2

acrylic and oilstick on canvas

183cmx152cm

Mutable Boundaries after Etretat 2 by Wendy Stokes

Mutable Boundaries after Etretat 2

acrylic and pastel on paper

80cm x60cm

Mutable Boundaries after Etretat 4 by Wendy Stokes

Mutable Boundaries after Etretat 4  2020

acrylic and pastel on paper

80cm x60cm

Mutable Boundaries after Etretat 10 by Wendy Stokes

Mutable Boundaries after Etretat 10

acrylic and pastel on paper

80cm x60cm

on site Etretat,Normandy Coast, Monet territory by Wendy Stokes

on site Etretat,Normandy Coast, Monet territory  2014

Etretat by Wendy Stokes

Etretat  2014

site photograph

Etretat by Wendy Stokes

Etretat

site photograph

Etretat by Wendy Stokes

Etretat

site photograph

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