Flowers are with us in the best and worst of times. They commemorate a milestone, console a loss, betray the changing of seasons and wilt, a harbinger of disease. In his series of flowers, acclaimed Jewish-Australian artist Victor Majzner considers this brevity of symbolism. He reflects that “Flowers play a significant part in every human rite of passage”.
In ‘Heavy Morning’, a European flower blooms above the Australian landscape, a tangerine sun set against thick pillars of smoke. This is a metaphor for the European colonisation of Aboriginal peoples: “Even the gift of flowers can be treacherous”, says Majzner. There is also a warning here to heed the threat humans pose against the environment.
The smoke - which coils up as dense as wool - is an allegory for the violence committed against Aboriginal peoples and the land. It is also however, a necessary precursor to rebirth. After the fire burns and the smoke clears, once the embers have cooled and the clouds parts, life begins anew.
‘Midmorning’, which recalls a tarot card, foretells of good and bad tidings. It reminds of a violent history, while proffering some optimism. The heaviest of days give way to light again, giving us the opportunity to heal.
An accomplished artist, Majzner is represented in numerous public collections, including at the National Gallery of Australia, the National of Victoria and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. For collectors of surrealist and socially conscious art, let ‘Heavy Morning’ enlighten your collection.
Victor MAJZNER (1945 - )
'Heavy Morning' 1991
screenprint on paper
Edition of 40
Image Size: 68 x 47 cm
Dimensions: 76 x 56 cm
Signed: Signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil in margin below image: 21/40 Heavy Morning V. Majzner 1991
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Condition:As New: The work of art is in the same immaculate condition as when it was created. This could be the description for a work of art that may have been in storage for years, never sold on the market but may still be some years old.
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