Cross 1997

Cross 1997

BEYOND THE SYMBOLIC
Quotes by jessica scully Sydney HUB art review
….”In the paintings and simple cross wall sculptures on display, the christian symbol is at once itself and also an abstract, a decorative and defining form in bright and living colour. Through this duality, Dickens’ work moves past the scope of Christianity to highlight deeper currents of human spirituality.”
….”In the paintings, crosses create order. Multi-coloured crosses flatten the paintings through decorative patterns. In some vertical and horizontal cross patterning fills in backgrounds. In others, tiny crosses mesh together to become swirling patterns of foreground. In some the crosses become more than themselves to represent other objects.”
…”This exhibition combines the expected and unexpected through its variety and originality iin the repeated use of a familar form. By juxtaposting tradional associations called up by the Christian symbol with vatiality, vibrancy, natural objects and concepts of feminity. Dickens works are a personal commentary with universal significance.