I sometimes worry that there’s something wrong with me. I get so excited by the artwork that I’ve seen that I can’t stop thinking about it…Perhaps I need therapy? Then I decide to just go with it. So with Ev Hales’ work, I started to think about how it would look translated into the warp and weft of tapestries created at the Australian Tapestry Workshop (where else)… hanging in banners from the ceiling of Doncaster Shopping Town (near the escalators of course) reminding mindless shoppers that there really is life after shopping.
Who would have thought escalators could excite such passion? How often do you really think about an escalator? Or the patterns that they and their travellers create in an environment? I guarantee that once you’ve seen Ev Hales latest body of work, you’ll never take them for granted again.
You can probably see what Ev’s done here. She’s copied and rotated the same painted image and placed them side by side to see what new patterns emerge. (You might remember that she’s ‘just a bit’ interested in patterns.) In the case of this work, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
The shoppers move both up and down the same escalator reminding me of the work of Escher, all the while creating endless fascination.
Ev is a much loved local artist. She has participated in the Nillumbik Artists Open Studios for many years. Last year she launched her first book A Work In Progress, in which she lays bare her creative process, sharing the wonder of her work with the world… too much alliteration?… too much excitement?… too much great art being created at my back door? Nah, like fresh air, you can never have too much!
All work in this post is ©Ev Hales. Photographs are courtesy of the artist and reproduced here with her permission.