Emilie Heurtevent: Nature

Landscapes, classical elements and cycles of decay and renewal are recurring themes in the work of Melbourne-based abstract artist, Emilie Heurtevent. In her latest body of work, Heurtevent focuses on the cycles of Nature and its comparability to humans; how we all change, grow, develop behaviours and preferences.

These cycles are represented in compositions of light and the darkness; ‘It is evocative of another place and time,’ says Heurtevent who deliberately creates layers upon layers of marks, drips and abrasions to capture these transitions.

Emilie Heurtevent, Landscape #12, 2019, mixed media on canvas, 122 x 182cm.. Courtesy the artist and Fox Galleries

‘In these times of climate change and massive weather fluctuation, it’s never been so urgent to look around. I am not looking to provide the answers. I don’t have them. This is simply an awareness. We must open our eyes. We must ask ourselves the right questions. Genuinely. And eventually, figure out what lies beyond our sight.

‘From Robert Louis Stevenson: “It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.”‘ – Emilie Heurtevent

Fox Galleries
14 December, 2019 to 6 February, 2020