Regions of the Heavens 3: The Rift

Deborah Milligan

Briagolong, Australia

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Oil on canvas with cotton stitching, 1m x 1m

I am intrigued by the slippage where science and spirituality touch: those points of similarity and difference where theories rub up against each other and cause a bit of friction. The beautifully broad scope of the Regions of the Heavens exhibition presents me with an opportunity to focus my attention there.

Refer to description of Regions of the Heavens 2 for the precursor to the following description.

Regions of the Heavens III: The Rift focuses in on this tension – at the uneasy relationship between dissecting and accepting, between pushing and containing. Here the ‘rift’ refers not to the space between the atoms, but to our understanding of what that is.

This work talks of our need to explain, and thereby contain, that which we don’t understand. To hold it back. It is a basic fear of the unknown. It also looks at when we push our understanding so far that something gives way. It explores that idea: when we push so hard we tear the fabric that holds in our understanding, and then we try to re-contain what we have released.

This series is a cyclic progression: accepting, exploring, accepting the next step, exploring from there. For we are in uncharted territory and that is how we must travel.

Featured in Oil Painting Group March 2010

Featured in Breaking the Boundaries July 2010

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