Not so dark as a silent house (2019)—a series of ten mixed-media pieces —takes inspiration from two eloquent poems, Evening by Rainer Maria Rilke and I Remember by Rick Holland. The poems express two opposing notions and are in line with the artist explorations of the binary forces that life presents. The work is of a restrictive palette, ambiguously portraying the dichotomies of experience such as absence and presence, darkness and light, and fragility and resilience; aspects that have accompanied human existence. Consequently offers a visual metaphor for how these opposing dualities can simultaneously exist and cause ripples or understanding in our lives.
The materials used—linen, wood, thread and paint—were chosen for their transformative qualities. Through a continuous process of experimentation—building, deconstructing, cutting, painting, pulling threads and sewing—symmetry and asymmetry forms are created and juxtaposed to evoke a sense of space, volume and distance while the textures and layers unveil the degree of psychological responses of such experiences. The titles of each piece, on the other hand, directly reference fragments of the poems to offer a deeper insight into the abstract ideas presented in the work.
Overall, the exhibition is a thoughtful reflection on the artist past experiences and attempts to reconcile opposing ideas by creating a space for viewers to contemplate their own experiences with such dichotomies. The binary forces that play out in our lives, collectively form an endless tapestry of human experience, the meaning of which can only be gained by taking a step back.
Brazilian born Australian artist, Guardino has completed a Master by Research (with Distinction) at RMIT University in Melbourne. She has exhibited throughout Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong and Singapore, and is a finalist for a number of prestigious art awards including The Churchie Emerging Art Prize, Muswellbrook Art Prize and the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Award.