Laelie Greenwood

Kew High, Art

Reflective annotation and documentation using Analytical frameworks

The extensive annotation in Laeli Greenwood’s folios provides a clear insight into the development of her ideas about her work as it progresses. It gives evidence of her understanding of art elements and principles, clearly describes her experiments with different materials and processes and details the evolution of her concepts and ideas towards the development of her finished works. It is apparent that through process of experimenting and recording her ideas about her work, Greenwood’s thinking and visual concepts evolve and refine.

Throughout her folios, Greenwood has clearly labelled paragraphs with headings of the different Analytical Frameworks – Formal, Cultural, Personal and Contemporary. As well as clearly identifying paragraphs that involve discussion of the Frameworks, in her annotation Greenwood uses art terminology and descriptive language in her desire to explore the line, colour, texture, form and  mood of the landscape.

Exploration and development of ideas and concepts – themes and influences

Greenwood begins her folio with an introduction titled Port Fairy: an exploration of memory and place - a discussion of her personal connection to Port Fairy and her desire to explore how Australian artists connect with place .

She discusses both her emotional connection to the Port Fairy built over progressive summers with her family...but also the elements of the landscape:  the horizon line, the lines of waves and rock faces.  She talks of 'steely blues and greys of the ocean at dusk, juxtaposed with the sapphire blues and emerald greens of sparkling hot days' and how Port Fairy, for her, 'is composed of snap shots and fragments of memory......a fleeting colour, a form in the distance, the echo of a texture or line'. Greenwood explores specific aspects of the landscape: '....the endless golden plains and the intensely blue sky that presses upon the horizon'.

Greenwood’s exploration includes examination of the work of Russell Drysdale, Sidney Nolan and John Olsen - Australian artists who have explored the landscape in different ways. Rosalie Gascoigne’s use of found objects to comment on the landscape and her use of rhythm and colour are also source of inspiration.

Greenwood’s discussion includes unity, line, points of focus and composition clearly labelled with headings outlining which analytical framework she is using to discuss her work or that of others.

Investigation and trialling of materials, techniques and processes (application of elements and principles)

Greenwood’s work evolves through her experimentation with different materials, strengthening her emphasis on the element of line and the horizon for one piece, pattern and texture, colour and form for another. Each experiment is annotated with details of processes and related ideas. Finished works grow from practical explorations with paint, fineliner, turps rubbing and cutting out, while being based around realistic photographic images of the landscape. Extensive annotation is devoted to experiments with the presentation of work with detailed photographs of all aspects of the work as it progresses.

Refinement and resolution of ideas and skills to produce visual responses (application of elements and principles)

Starting from the basis of photographs of the Port Fairy landscape, Greenwood explores ways to encapsulate key aspects of place and its significance to her. Various experiments evolve into a series of refined images that express her connection to place over time. Greenwood clearly documents each step of her artistic process from conception to resolution, giving clear evidence of how her ideas have been refined. As well as the development of images and ideas, she demonstrates a strong commitment to the presentation of her work. This includes consideration of scale and composition. The materials used in the mounting of the images also contribute to their visual impact.
Greenwood finishes her folios with a reflective document that reviews her artistic journey, encapsulating her ideas about memory and place, and her relationship to her work and the landscape she has portrayed.