VANESSA OTER

Artist Statement

As an informal lyrical abstractionist, my work presents a symphony of the world that envelopes me. The current vista is the Thorpdale Landscape in Gippsland, Country Victoria.  My mark making, which constructs the image, is a layering reflective of the accidental beauty 'found' within the patina of the landscape.

Filtering through the layers are stencilled marks, drawing, scribbles subconsciously reminiscent of graffitied walls influenced predominantly of my life living in urban environments: NYC, Boston, Toronto, Berlin prior to my recent 'radical' switch to experience 'country' life.  The landscape, lending itself to such extraordinarily diverse methods of working I use it as a platform to create my own unique environment. Each painting aims to develop and nurture my understanding of composition, process, colour, surface texture and line. 

Additionally, painting is an incredibly personal inquiry into my own daily search for truth.  It references daily domestic and childlike nuances giving each work an autobiographical dialogue.  The repetitive use of imagery creates a playful, yet emotional connection whilst, the intuitive colour selections and arrangements are a strong contrast to the intentional and painterly compositions, creating a dichotomy of harmony at the heart of each unique painting. 

Vanessa Oter graduated from RMIT with Honours (first class) in 2006, has been a finalist in the Metro 5 Award in 2006, The Paddington Art Prize 2009, and The Pleysier Perkins Art Prize at Flinders Lane Gallery in 2010. Vanessa has held numerous solo and group exhibitions in Melbourne, NYC, Boston and Toronto and her work is held in a number of significant Australian and International collections.