An image of Arcadia: landscape and bodies

Ewa Pachucka

(Poland, Australia 17 Feb 1936 – )

Arcadia: landscape and bodies

Other titles:
Arcadia: Landscape and figures
Location
Not on display
Further information

'Arcadia: landscape and bodies' was created over a five-year period and was first exhibited at Rudy Komon Gallery in Sydney in November 1977, with critic Elwyn Lynn describing it as 'a remarkable tour de force'. A sprawling environment of tiered ledges and arches, the scene is inhabited by a group of five female figures and their animal companions: a sow and a dog.

Each figurative element is crocheted entirely from lengths of sisal and polypropylene over an armature of aluminium. Facial features are clearly delineated, yet remain ambiguous and anonymous. Delicate hues of fleshy pink and the earthy tans of natural fibres create a serene ambiance. The women are relaxed in their bearing and unashamed in their nakedness; in harmony with nature. The peace and beauty Ewa Pachucka found in Australia is reinvented in this utopian landscape.

Year
1972-1977
Media
Sculpture, Installation
Medium
crocheted polypropylene, sisal, jute and manila fibres, aluminium, hessian sheeting
Dimensions
5 female life-size figures; one life-size sow; one life-size dog; 15 landscape pieces; overall dimensions 330.0 x 440.0 x 440.0 cm :
a - sow; 62 x 105 x 66 cm
b - abstract landscape form; 52 x 130 x 103 cm
c - dog; 54 x 88 x 30 cm
d - abstract landscape form; 76 x 130 x 136 cm
e - abstract landscape form; 92 x 135 x 85 cm
f - abstract landscape form; 96 x 108 x 40 cm
g - abstract landscape form; 52 x 142 x 150 cm
h - female figure resting on left side; 37 x 153 x 67 cm
i - female figure lying on back; 25 x 155 x 69 cm
j - abstract landscape form; 35 x 80 x 85 cm
k - abstract landscape form; 70 x 187 x 65 cm
l - floor covering; 50 x 445 x 300 cm
m - abstract landscape form; 70 x 130 x 60 cm
n - floor covering; 285 x 55 cm
o - abstract landscape form; 44 x 70 x 43 cm
p - abstract landscape form; 50 x 70 x 67 cm
q - abstract landscape form; 113 x 136 x 35 cm
r - crocheted backcloth; 31 x 62 x 36 cm
s - abstract landscape form; 57 x 135 x 64 cm
t - female figure resting on elbows; 380 x 180 cm
u - hessian backcloth; 21 x 55 x 47 cm
v - abstract landscape form; 330 x 180 cm
w - hessian backcloth; 53 x 188 x 109 cm
x - abstract landscape form; 360 x 180 cm
y - hessian backcloth; 71 x 83 x 60 cm
z - seated female figure, elbow resting on knee; 71 x 44 x 70 cm
aa - kneeling female figure, elbow resting on knee; 433 x 360 cm
bb - hessian backcloth; 310 x 40 cm
cc - floor covering; 380 x 180 cm
dd - hessian backcloth; 340 x 180 cm
ee - hessian backcloth
Credit
Gift of Rudy Komon Art Gallery 1978
Accession number
36.1978.a-ee
Copyright
© Ewa Pachucka