Oil and acrylic on canvas. White gold tray frame.780mm x 980mm
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About the ArtistIn her work, Trudy Montgomery explores the sacred feminine and its relationship to the sacred masculine. The feminine conveys nurturing, Mother Earth and the source of life, fertility, reproduction and its paired opposite, the masculine. In exploring this duality, Trudy seeks to capture a moment of dynamic balance in which a state of harmony or union, however fleeting, may be reached. Inspired by travels both inner and outer, these abstract paintings combine multiple views - traditional, aerial and cross-sectional - of the physical landscape.
One of the hallmarks of Trudy Montgomery’s paintings is the wide angle ‘V’ or ‘U’, a gestural abstract symbol that she is compelled to include that recalls her interpretation of the feminine. A strong vertical line often grounds this shape and refers to the masculine. These forms may be held within a ‘landscape’ as referenced by a horizon line, which itself provides a structural element in the composition.
As these shapes evolve, the horizon line is tipped or altogether absent, a sense of distance is created and a birds-eye view of an aerial landscape sometimes becomes apparent - or a cross section or slice through the landscape.
The first step of Trudy’s working process is to work out a compositional framework in drawing studies, to assess and explore a structural tension. Moving to the canvas, she uses a variety of techniques including staining, layering and scraping the surface to build texture and interest. Trudy aims to expose earlier layers of paint, trapped hand over hand, one across another, to reveal glimpses of what has gone before. Forcing herself to abandon early ‘prettiness’ or other markings she may get attached to but which prematurely shut down the creative flow, she lets the paint lead her. In Trudy’s words: “The final composition evolves naturally, though often via a phase of accidents and chaos, and is typically very different to what I initially imagined.”