An image of Sigil for Heaven and Earth

Mikala Dwyer

(Australia 1959 – )

Sigil for Heaven and Earth

Location
Not on display
Further information

In these large banner-like paintings – 'Possession', 'Backdrop for Saint Jude', and 'Sigil for heaven and earth' (2015) – Mikala Dwyer conjures the origins of abstract art in the early 20th century, particularly the work of the Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) whose spiritualist beliefs and participation in seances led to some of the first purely abstract paintings. Dwyer calls on the diagrammatic nature of Klint’s work in devising her own paintings, referring to a genealogy of innovative women artists who have worked outside rationalist social and cultural norms. Biblical references to Saint Jude and the Virgin Mary also appear in sculptural elements that sit atop the draped canvases, in keeping with Dwyer’s longstanding interest in how the secular meets the mystical in contemporary experience. More obliquely, the works gesture to the transformative power of art.

Year
2015
Media
Painting
Medium
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Dimensions
806.0 x 214.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of the artist 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number
129.2018
Copyright
© Mikala Dwyer. Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery. Licensed by Copyright Agency