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article imageDogs Immemorial: A radiant tribute Special

By Elke Nagy     Jun 9, 2014 in Entertainment
Cairns - Prolific Australian artist Rose Rigley has created a lovingly luminous testament to the special position dogs hold in our lives.
Her latest exhibition consists of a series of quintessential poses. So recognisable that irrespective of your own dog’s exact breed, the works instantly prompt memories of love, simple pleasures — along with a sense of inevitable loss.
The primary medium deployed is encaustic, or pigmented hot wax painting, producing translucent snapshots of dogs as they live out their too-short lives.
Dogs casually scratching, in play with each other or stretched out in rest. An old hound wearily hanging his head, nearing the end of his life, permanently transfixed in time...
Rose Rigley
Rose explains, I work with wax in a variety of ways because this is symbolic of preservation for me and is pliable like our memories with time. Working in series and hanging in a grid format is important as this is symbolic of the way we remember — flashes of images like a jigsaw combined together.
Rose Rigley
On gazing upon the paintings, you can almost hear their happy pants and groans as they play, or roll about on their backs, soft eyes shining with an enduring generosity of spirit.
Rose Rigley
But it’s a bittersweet array as the three dogs depicted are no longer living.
Rose continues, Three dogs, three deaths, three different grieving owners but a pattern was recognisable... The colours are light and happy, because the recollection is happy and all the dogs are 'alive' in the moment of our memory.
More images from her exhibition are available here:
Rose Rigley
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