Ochre

'Ochre'

A group show by members of

the Serpentine gallery.

 On view from 28th of October

to the 10th of November 2015.

Opening night:

30th October 6-8pm

Ochre is a natural earth pigment containing hydrated iron oxide, ranging in color from red, orange, yellow or white to deep brown

and in its rarest form, blue.

It can be mixed with saliva, water, grease

or other binding substance to make paint,

and it is also the name of the colors

produced by this pigment,

especially a light brownish-yellow.

The need to make marks is a defining human trait.

Signs drawn in the sand are blown by the wind,

or washed clear by the tide.

Marks made with charcoal or ochre sometimes remain

and show us the stories of our ancestral beginnings;

the wisdom of our elders,

the evolution of our land and its creatures,

the history of its people,

and the journeys we make.

Whether we draw with damp pigments upon bodies in the sun,

or paint a canvas with bright colours or earthy ochre tones;

we express our relationship to land and country,

and each other.

It is a timeless ritual

and takes us into the very heart of what sacred is all about.

Connecting us to the spirit world,

ochre is the substance

that gives form to imagination and invention.

Image of a hand created with red ochre

in Pech Merle cave, France, c. 25,000 BC

Ochre pit in Yantruwanta country, South Australia.

Photo: koorihistory.com

In Aboriginal culture red ochre was significant

to desert people; it was the blood of the ancestors in colour and meaning

and was used ritualistically.

Because of its qualities both useful

and magical, it it was a valuable trade item.

Evidence of this commerce between tribes,

is seen in the range of ochre colours

to be found sometimes hundreds of kilometres from their original source.

Serpentine Community Gallery members unite this month to bring together the group show

'Ochre'

....in all its individual artistic interpretations.

'Ochre' as it has been since the dawn of humanity,

will be the starting point for our mark-making

and the means by which we allow our thoughts, dreams and yearnings to endure.

'Out Back Place'

oil on canvas by Scott Whittingham

untitled

by Trisha Dalmas

'Leave Me Be'

acrylic on canvas by Susannah French

'Prunus spinosa sloe'

oil on canvas by Shaun C. Murphy

'The Camel'

acrylic on board by Philip Jones