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An essay (and pictures!) on the beautiful work of Larry Mitchell

Hello! It’s a breezy, humid Sunday here; the perfect kind of day to pop up a piece I wrote at the start of the year about one of my favourite West Australian painters, Larry Mitchell. His work is so meticulous and evocative and it perfectly captures the character of a place. I wrote this essay and produced the publication it lives in as part of my work at FORM - in fact this project was the last I worked on before having my baby – I worked on it from home in the latter stages of my pregnancy. The talented Sandra Elms designed the book and it was part of a stunning exhibition at FORM, Larry Mitchell: The Pilbara Project, and fantastic bigger project about Western Australian desert and outback life called The Pilbara Project. I’ve also included a few layouts from the book as a teaser (available from FORM).

Read the essay: ‘Mapping, Unwrapping’ by Elisha Buttler.

For more information on FORM and The Pilbara Project have a look HERE.

*Catalogue images Copyright and courtesy of FORM; artwork Copyright Larry Mitchell. Book design by Sandra Elms Design.

painting by Elisabeth Louise Vigée-Lebrun

I have always loved this painting by French artist Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, titled Madame Vigée-Lebrun et sa fille. It was painted in 1789 but it looks so modern and fresh to me; I think because of the genuine tenderness and liveliness of mother and baby. Since having my own child I’ve become unsurprisingly fascinated by mother and child paintings and while they are beautiful, accomplished paintings I have found some of them to be somehow lacking in genuine ‘motherlove’ – the faces are too formal or too perfectly serene, for example. But this one, to me at least, describes just perfectly that unassuming sense love a mother shows for her child.