Visible Traces (Remnants of Presence)

Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

Innisfail, Australia

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Medium: mixed-media – charcoal, pastel, gesso, watercolour, acrylic, oil, collage, leaves, fabric, papers – Himalayan rice paper, cartridge, Arches 300 gsm rag paper.
Support: Canvas. Triptych: H.122 cm x W.170 cm
Work is held in the artist’s collection, Innisfail, Far North Queensland, Australia.
+ Views: 8828 (as at 19 Apr. 2016)


  • LAYERED UP 03 Oct. 2013
  • From the HEART 11 Sept. 2014
  • Abstract/Surreal 13 Sept. 2014
  • BassenThorpe Gallery 15.09.2014
  • Superbly Visual 18.09.2014
  • Visual Texture Group 1 Oct.2014
  • ‘Creative Spirits’ 18 Apr. 2016


  • TOP TEN CHALLENGE WINNER in ‘Artist Of The Month’ – DEC.2013 Challenge ~ WOMEN PAINTERS GROUP

The work was inspired by and created for a curated group themed exhibition Remnants of Presence. Innisfail, Far North Queensland.

One of the conceptual challenges for each artist was to approach a work with subject matter in-two-parts to show recent practice/new work development and be shown together.

The artwork Visible Traces represents renewal, journey of experiences and time passage.

  • Part A – Of recent practice (the two outer side panels) makes reference to the initial inspirations from: the natural environment, the human figure, various motifs including banana fibre made receptacles/vessels, lino prints and evolved symbology.
  • Part B – The new work (centre) Prior artwork imagery & object ‘remnants’ were used for the initial stimuli and also represents my ‘presence’. All is fused into an abstract multi-layered composition.

It is a collective tribute to the tropical shapes, forms, patterns, and textures etc that were the initial inspirations, the visible signage. Organic, gestural and spontaneous in feel (energy), with collage and mixed media processes mingled with personal symbolism.

The work provides the viewer with facets and moments. Although ambiguous, there are sufficient visual markers to draw them in to discover further information and help them to intuitively and conceptually complete what they may perceive in the work and to sense the presence of the artist (spirit).


+ View the Centre Panel here

PUBLICATION of my work in the Garden Tripod
Issue No. 22 (April/May 2014) >

Produced by The Agency and host to the Redbubble group
Country Gardens Come Grow With Us – Gardens, Botanical Drawings & Garden Designs …


1. Visible Traces ~ Remnants of Presence is displayed:

  • On the Front Cover (black background)
    - ‘Throw Pillow’ design (Redbubble’s new product) product – page 1
  • Full image and pillow (white background) on page 2.
  • On Back Cover (black background) – page 130

2. A Potter’s Garden

  • Three Throw Pillow design images of ‘A Potters Garden’ are displayed on page 7, under ‘Office News Hound’

3. Entwined – Chain of Hearts work is also displayed on page 103

Thankyou Charlie Mclenahan

PS. Also have since uploaded another version of Visible Traces (Remnants of Presence)
~ with the black border.
This offers different product design variations for sale.

Artwork Comments

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