Louise Tate Looking at trees

11 – 29 August 2020

Louise Tate Looking at trees, 2020
$3,000 incl. GST
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Louise Tate Looking at trees, 2020, oil on linen, 92.5 x 113 cm (framed), $3,000 incl. GST
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Louise Tate Little things seem littler still, 2020
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Louise Tate Little things seem littler still, 2020, oil on linen, 92.5 x 113 cm (framed), $3,000 incl. GST
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Louise Tate Softly, sweetly (everything as it was must change), 2020
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Louise Tate Softly, sweetly (everything as it was must change), 2020, oil on linen, 72 x 62 cm (framed), $1,500 incl. GST
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Louise Tate Trees that listen, 2020
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Louise Tate Trees that listen, 2020, oil on linen, 72 x 62 cm (framed), $1,500 incl. GST
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Louise Tate Lost myself back there, somewhere, 2020
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Louise Tate Lost myself back there, somewhere, 2020, oil on canvas, 72 x 62 cm (framed), $1,500 incl. GST
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Louise Tate Bright and chatty, 2020
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Louise Tate Bright and chatty, 2020, oil on linen, 67 x 52 cm (framed), $1,300 incl. GST
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Louise Tate This heart is sticky like honey, 2020
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Louise Tate This heart is sticky like honey, 2020, oil on linen, 42 x 31.5 cm (framed), $1,000 incl. GST
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Louise Tate Gardening to lighten the load, 2020
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Louise Tate Gardening to lighten the load, 2020, oil on linen, 36.5 x 28.5 cm (framed), $900 incl. GST
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Louise Tate There are so many ways to be flexible, 2020
$850 incl. GST
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Louise Tate There are so many ways to be flexible, 2020, oil on linen, 31.5 x 26.5 cm (framed), $850 incl. GST
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Louise Tate A tree for lovers, 2020
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Louise Tate A tree for lovers, 2020, oil on linen, 31.5 x 26.5 cm (framed), $850 incl. GST
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Louise Tate Little things seem littler still, 2020
$3,000 incl. GST
AVAILABLE

Louise Tate Little things seem littler still, 2020, oil on linen, 92.5 x 113 cm (framed), $3,000 incl. GST
AVAILABLE

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Louise Tate Gardening to lighten the load, 2020
$900 incl. GST
AVAILABLE

Louise Tate Gardening to lighten the load, 2020, oil on linen, 36.5 x 28.5 cm (framed), $900 incl. GST
AVAILABLE

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In a time when so many of us are confined to our homes, nature is one of the few reprieves from busy minds filled with flittering worries. As I write this I can see a plane tree outside my bedroom window, bare and grey in the wintery sunlight. Melbourne is filled with them, though they are slowly being replaced by new species that can withstand a warming climate. Trees rely upon a form of change within the seasons that is consistent, and they are not impervious to the consequences of political inaction.

Gardening, walking in the park, gazing at flora through the apartment window; during a global pandemic all of these things have become so much more than just simple admiration of natural beauty. Engaging with nature has become political – it is a way to actively resist the ‘attention economy’ and escape from the endless cycle of bad news. Artist and writer Jenny Odell values this shift of attention as a small yet powerful way to reject neoliberal ideals in her book How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy. For Odell, it is bird watching that brings this shift; for me, it is looking at trees.

Garden utopias, real and imagined, appear in this body of work as richly textured and vibrantly colourful. These are hopeful paintings that are full of light. They yearn for a world that shifts beyond old ways of thinking to instead embrace care, simplicity, and environmental responsibility. These are introspective worlds where footsteps are gentle so as not to disturb what was here before. 

 

Louise Tate

 

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