Eleanor Zecchin looks on the bright side
In an ambitious project, Eleanor Zecchin presents 1000 small watercolour musings which she hopes will encourage dialogue about the challenges and joys of optimism and hope within the community.
“I want them to appear like there is a stable core and then they start to lose the plot a bit and start to dance around the place,” says Zecchin. “While I have drawn pictures of the layout and I can see it in my head, I will be responding to the installation process as it’s happening.”
A lot of thought and detail has gone into the execution of this project, from the choice of paper – Zecchin has used Khadi paper which is handmade from recycled cotton – to her custom-made stamp to label each work.
“Each piece of paper is different in terms of the edges, and sometimes you might find a bit of extra lumpy fibre or a folded corner. I love that raw quality to it,” says Zecchin. “I particularly like using it with watercolour – it adds to the organic feel of the work and adds to a chance-based outcome.”
The works won’t be for sale, as the artist couldn’t bear to separate the series. However, on the Saturday before the launch Zecchin will be in the gallery creating half-sized works that will be for sale.
While these works might be a shift in scale and medium for Zecchin, there is still a connection running through her work. “I think it’s about acknowledging the duality of chaos and control. It has been a recurring theme in my practice for a long time. I like both of those things. I thrive in a bit of chaos but need an element of control.”
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, the inaugural exhibition for 1000 ways to rainbow will be rescheduled at a later date. However, Zecchin will be sharing details from the series via her Instagram account in the interim period.