In this new body of work, Strampp explores a pervading sense of restlessness, a haunting awareness that derives from a peripatetic childhood. She presents the view of the traveller who glances, but does not fully apprehend. Finding herself in an indeterminate place, she has her objective in mind, but it is not yet fully realised. For her process she returns to an earlier, spontaneous sensibility in which painterliness is as important as the narrative impulse from which it arises.
Elements of landscape: roads, the trees alongside them and the vague indeterminate shapes, perhaps buildings, passed along the way, offer a sense of familiarity, but one that cannot be captured precisely. How uncertain are all our pictures of what we once saw—let alone exactly what occurred?
Recalling Paul Klee’s famous, ‘taking the line for a walk’, the brush here plays an important role in delineating her passage. In keeping with her exploratory theme, paint runs freely, resulting in images appearing and disappearing through misty shadows and watery reflections, thereby giving chance a role in directing the progress of the work during its composition. Thus, in these works, Strampp relies increasingly on an intuitive approach, so allowing a two-way modus operandi in which images emerge from her canvas as well being applied via recollections.
A transference takes place in her allusion to the father of the emotional landscape, Turner, with the application of his tobacco-stained hue, for a neo-Romantic portrayal of a contrived, rather than an observed, location.
Just as the act of making the works traces a literal journey, so it maps a personal development in transforming her state of mind, as well as her attitude to the creative process itself.
© Traudi Allen 29 October 2015
Dr. Traudi Allen is a writer and art historian. She is an Adjunct Fellow with the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University and has recently published John Perceval: Art and Life (MUP).
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