Danielle Thompson uses the camera as a means to explore psychological space.
Her work is distinguished by its exploration of the emotive power of colour
with images moving from warm desertscapes, to nudes in cool blues and purples,
to vivid golds and blues of the sea.
In 2008 Stills exhibited the series Untitled, which consists of
small-scale photographs that invoke an intimacy between image and viewer.
These beguiling works walk a fine line between the abstract and literal,
reminding us of nature's inherent power to transport us beyond the real to an
experience of the surreal or sublime.
Her series, Solace (2005) comprises five large-scale panoramic works
made in a range of locations in Tasmania. The images are a response to the
island's beauty and isolation and serve to remind us of the grandeur of
nature. Thompson transforms natural elements into pictorial gestures in which
she celebrates the restorative powers of nature.
Rather than depictions of a single moment, Thompson's photographs may be read
as a coalescence of emotional sensations experienced within the landscape
Thompson's imagery proposes an 'extrapolated moment' - of movement and
multiplicity, of worlds within worlds. The large-scale presentation of these
digital images occupies space like a window, door or mirror, bringing them
into the realm of the body.
Previous series include Chasing Shadows (1992), Vast as the Dark of
Night (1995), Tears of Ecstasy (1999) and Marks of Light
(2003). She draws on painting's expressive palette and abstraction rather than
photography's fine focus and grain with impressive effect. Her images are held
in major private and public collections and were shown at the Australian
Centre for Photography in 2000 as part of the Minimal exhibition.
These images are a selection from the artist's portfolio. More images are
available for viewing in the gallery's Print Room.