Interior Inspiration at Cockatoo Island

Artwork by Maaike Schoorel

Artwork by Maaike Schoorel

INTERIOR INSPIRATION AT COCKATOO ISLAND

Knowing very little about art, I feel ill-qualified to speak about it.  Though I do know what I like, and find I am drawn to abstract art for its simplicity and one's own interpretation of its mood.  I discovered this exhibit at the Biennale at Cockatoo Island quite by accident as I was wandering around with no plan. 

The Sydney Biennale is held at various venues around Sydney every two years.  Cockatoo Island houses the largest collection of artworks.  The island itself is situated in the middle of Sydney Harbour and is now UNESCO world-heritage-listed.  It has a layered history as a convict penal establishment, then a shipbuilding complex.

The exhibit is house in the former convict precinct on the upper section of Cockatoo Island.  The artist, Maaike Schoorel, was inspired by the space before she began painting.  No one would consider painting sandstone walls these days, but I am glad someone in the past decided to paint, and paint again.  There's a rich patina of colours from the layers of paint, and the final layer is a glorious high gloss finish in retro-green. The layers of paint have also muted the texture of the sandstone.  I cannot explain how much I appreciated the ombre effect of the paint in one of the small rooms.  The two tone effect, complete with dripping paint is just divine.  Am now wishing I had tagged along on a guided tour so I could ask a bunch of nerdy questions about the interiors.  Maybe my own imagination is enough!

Maaike Schoorel @ Cockatoo Island
Maaike Schoorel @ Cockatoo Island
Maaike Schoorel @ Cockatoo Island
Cockatoo Island
Maaike Schoorel @ Cockatoo Island
Maaike Schoorel @ Cockatoo Island
Maaike Schoorel @ Cockatoo Island

All images © Donna Vercoe