Marion Borgelt (Australia, 1954 — )
Liquid Light: 32 Degrees 2004
acrylic on canvas and pins
4 panels 135 x 230 overall
UTS Art Collection, purchased 2004
Marion Borgelt’s paintings first achieved recognition in the 1980s with their bold, organic forms. After receiving an Art Fellowship she moved to France for several years, and during that time her practice shifted to a reductive, less painterly style that took on sculptural elements.
Liquid Light: 32 degrees is part of an ongoing series of incised and twisted canvases by Borgelt that appear to shift and change with the viewer’s movements, and evoke the natural rhythms of tide and time. Literally turned inside out, these canvases play out shifts and collisions of light and shade reminiscent of the work of James Turrell and Bridget Riley.
The artist has described the optical effect in these paintings as being “Just like the changing light from morning to nightfall of any day … each one opening and closing like the pupil of an eye.”