This week’s Work of the Week has been selected by Pam Jackson, director of Quadrant Gallery.
There is a multi-level nature to this work, which can be viewed in different ways. The symbolism shown in the painting can be interpreted from either an indigenous or western perspective however the title of the work hints at the options. It is up to the viewer to decide, which makes the interaction with the work a personal one.
The overall subdued palette used is punctuated with elements of intense colour, such as the strong vermillion and orange to the right edge of the field which is balanced with a few carefully placed dots of red and yellow to the centre, along with a mysterious, yet delicate white 'x' in the centre - as a final layer to the symbolic shapes.
It is these smaller, intense elements that draw the viewer in for closer inspection.
The abstract shapes and marks used definitely tell a story and it is up to the viewer to 'fill the gaps'.
The hand of the artist is evident by the layering of the paint surface, where some of the earlier layers show through to the surface, adding to the mystery.
The composition of this painting is complete, a story unto itself, well balanced and appealing.
The exhibition is current until Saturday 5 July 2014
View complete exhibition online at http://www.quadrantgallery.com.au/william-ferguson.html