JUDY HOLDING The Wren and the Pardalote
Judy Holding’s new series of small watercolours on timber board beautifully encapsulate the rich imagery of the Australian landscape; delicate depictions of native flora and fauna that observe the intricate relationships of the Wrens and Pardalotes that inhabit the artist’s property in rural Victoria. Produced during the quiet and isolated period of Victoria’s enduring lockdowns, Holding created The Wren and the Pardalote collection to bring joy to herself and to those around her.
Her work blends her own personal observations with the universal considerations of this time.
Throughout the lockdowns, times of great solitude, uncertainty, and reflection, I gravitated toward memories and images of beauty and resilience. For me, these were the tiny birds that flourish in the harsh environments of the Victorian Goldfields and the landscapes of Western Arnhem Land, places where I have spent so much time and learned so much. By focusing on moments that have been part of my most positive life experiences I created a body of work that could bring me joy and optimism.
It is only human that in the face of difficulties we strive for a more positive future, and so the Wren and the Pardalote became my talismans of hope. It is in trying to capture the energy and beauty of these tiny birds that they became for me symbols of freedom and regeneration. - Judy Holding, November 2021
As the year comes to a close and we emerge into a time of celebration, festivities, friends and family, Holding’s The Wren and the Pardalote reminds us of the enduring beauty and reliance of nature, and of ourselves, and offers a sense of hope and rejuvenation for the year to come.
Holding is an established multidisciplinary artist with a career spanning over 35 years, exhibiting extensively in Australia and abroad. Her work has been collected by many major institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne; the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; the Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria; the Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria; the Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria; the collections of Deakin, Latrobe, Monash and Victoria University, Victoria; and the Parliament House Collection, Canberra.
© The Artist and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2021
Pardalotes at the Minesite 3
Hot day Pardalotes
Pardalotes at the Minesite 2
Pardalotes at the Minesite 4
Pardalotes at the Minesite 1
Pardalotes at the Waterhole
Finches at the Termite Mound
Goldfields Night Sky
Wrens at the Termite Mound
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