The Passenger’s Window – Taroona Bends

Contemplation of the visual world is a core joy in most lives but increasingly, over the last century, this time spent, has not taken place so much on mountain tops or beaches or bus stops but from out the window of a moving vehicle. That is , it is not so often a singularity held in the eye all at once but more a sequence of visual events stung together on a line of travel. In ‘The Passenger’s Window’ I have attempted a still image that seeks not to represent the appearance of this random flux of disparate spaces but more how the mind scans them seeking the connections that make up the visual syntax of this experience. It is a subject that I spent considerable time on in the late seventies and early eighties in more analytical fashion. This work is more playful in its form and engagement with materials .

Stephen Lees


Tempera on lead