Beyond the White Rope #BlackLivesMatter

Ali pioneers Miriam Cabello’s new series Beyond the White Rope. This painting depicts young Cassius Clay at the precipice of his astounding career and introduces a fresh limited palette of transparent oil pigments.

©Miriam Cabello

Ali (2016). M. Harding oil on Belgian linen | 71 x 61 cm ©Miriam Cabello

After extensive experimentation of the indirect method (numerous transparent glazes), the desired effects of the reflective qualities of cobalt violet were achieved.

Each glaze is allowed to dry before the subsequent coat is applied. Since opaque pigments are not used there is no room for error in tonal value, as a glazed area cannot be lightened. Great care is taken not to let any of the lights or mid values become too dark.
The colour of the first layer (imprimatura) – cobalt violet is inspired by Leonardo da Vinci “It has been said that Leonardo da Vinci preferred to meditate in a lavender or purple – colored light”. Renee Phillips


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Designer, communicator and curious commentator on the value and exploitation of colour to communicate thought, fears, agenda, boundedness, beauty and bounty.
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1 Response to Beyond the White Rope #BlackLivesMatter

  1. Miriam Cabello’s new body of work investigates and documents the #BlackLivesMatter protests in the USA and what it means for Australia.

    Research for her “Layering Black” exhibition began in 2014, keeping abreast of events as they unfolded. Cabello reflects on our own deaths in custody and reveals race, police violence and protest in the US and Australia.

    “What we’re seeing is the birth of a mass movement” – Melina Abdullah, #BlackLivesMatter

    Cabello experimented with new techniques to express and communicate the social injustice of our time and immersed herself in the works of Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the people”, and Goya’s “The Third of May 1808”. The latter inspired Picasso and Manet.

    To emphasise the visual dialogue she created an innovative technique that would add to the complexity and literal layering of this issue – A unique process of creating black.

    “I believe that through the creation and exhibition of art that addresses these issues a dialogue and reflection can commence in the community”. This year marks 25 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody tabled its national report.

    Cabello’s exhibition addresses current rigorous scholarship, analysis, and debate presented by United States Studies Centre, Big Ideas – ABC Radio National, ABC/RN radio, and Foreign Correspondent-ABC.

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