VANESSA OTER

Statement

Vanessa Oter is an Australian artist currently living and working in Gippsland Victoria...


"Painting for me is a physical extension of my subconscious dialogue as 2 dimensional visual ( abstract ) predominantly non representational form and is a personal enquiry of my daily encounters and emotions. Additionally, each work develops into their own over many months layering with paint and various mediums to create a language acknowledging my experience of the landscape and surrounds without literally representing it. 


The texture, the shapes, the ever changing colour of the landscape gives me a never ending visual I can interpret as I please and as nature predicts, nothing is ever perfect or ordered...It is the journey through the process of making that determines the works' finale...this is the joy, the unknowing of it all, the fear and the courage, everything…"



I lived in the suburbs with a huge amount of exposure to the city for most of my childhood...I then traveled overseas after art school exploring many cities : London, Berlin, Toronto, New York City....with fate luring me to an almost 5 year stint in NYC.  The city offered me so much in terms of attitude and the art museums and galleries across the world gave me my true education. The walls, the graffiti, the energy...left a lifelong impression on my painting that feeds my work out in the country here in Victoria to this day...


I have always loved the accidental nature of abstraction, its playfulness and its anger, its connection to my emotions. The process of art making is truly at the core of my creative worklife. Currently working with pigment and canvas, I am also interested in the excess these works leave behind. I am currently producing a body of work that  examines the recuperative elements of excess, linked with the same technical elements of painting - Colour, composition, line, texture, etc...watch this space...