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Millie Webber

Mosman High School

Artwork title
Birds on a wire
HSC year
2013
ARTEXPRESS year
2014
Expressive form
Painting
Artist’s statement

Birds on a wire is an exploration of the relationship between texture and colour. I started with spontaneous markmaking with acrylic paint, pallet knives and a squeegee, then I continued to build texture with oil paint. Critical decisions were made in joining the panels together with oil pastel sticks, forming this piece that is both abstract in its creation and figurative for the viewer.

Influencing artists: Gerhard Richter, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mark Rothko, Gerard Stricher


Collection connections

Research why artists moved to abstraction in the history of art. Create a visual timeline of 20th-century artists and art styles exploring abstraction over time.

Read about how Gerhard Richter and Millie Webber apply paint to the canvas. Experiment with this approach to create an abstract painting. To what extent does chance play a part in the success of this technique?