Heroic Doodles (2005-7)
       
     
 Fishing, Oil on Canvas, 970 x 720 mm, 2006
       
     
 Interior with Eggplants, acrylic and oil on Canvas, 1110 x 1500 mm, 2006
       
     
 Judith, acryic on canvas, 350 x 460 mm, 2007
       
     
 Lavender Mist No 1, acryic on canvas, 350 x 460 mm, 2007
       
     
 The Blue Vase, acryic and oil on canvas, 620 x 510 mm, 2007
       
     
 To die for, oil on Canvas, 1110 x 1500 mm, 2007
       
     
 Pea and Cock, acrylic and oil on canvas, 1110 x 1510 mm, 2007
       
     
 Mignon, acrylic and oil on Canvas, 2400 x 2800 mm, 2005
       
     
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Heroic Doodles (2005-7)
       
     
Heroic Doodles (2005-7)

Blue Margherita, Oil on Canvas, 610 x 500 mm, 2006

Though they epitomize the golden age of Dutch panting, 17th century flower paintings belong in a genre traditionally placed at the bottom of the hierarchy of painting. In Heroic Doodles, Laufer takes up this least heroic of subject-matters, which to this day is associated the realm of the domestic and undemanding. Departing from reproductions of masterworks in the genre, she employs a systematic process that, while generating critical distance, results in highly dynamic, intuitive reworkings of the originals.

Reproductions were projected and traced in pastels and oils, with the drawing projected in turn and retraced – again and again. The repeated tracing is toyed with technically and metaphorically, to the extent that the carefully-rendered flowers are now just brush strokes emptied of meaning. Following the original composition, a small vase is persistently present at the bottom, yet owing to the large format – typically 2.4 by 2.7 meters – the act of painting was physical and all-consuming, gradually dwarfing the vases that can barely contain the wild proliferation of flowers.

Dutch still-life arrangements encode religious and ethical meanings that escape the modern eye. The bouquets in Dutch painting represent a mixture of seasonal varieties that cannot, in reality, coexist. The flowers that make-up these impossible bouquets are represented at the height of their bloom, signifying grandeur alongside imminent decay. In Laufer’s magnified reiterations, the overly-lush painterly gestures come to signify the possibilities and impossibilities in painting with romanticism and galore.

Click for exhibition text by Eve Peasnall

 Fishing, Oil on Canvas, 970 x 720 mm, 2006
       
     

Fishing, Oil on Canvas, 970 x 720 mm, 2006

 Interior with Eggplants, acrylic and oil on Canvas, 1110 x 1500 mm, 2006
       
     

Interior with Eggplants, acrylic and oil on Canvas, 1110 x 1500 mm, 2006

 Judith, acryic on canvas, 350 x 460 mm, 2007
       
     

Judith, acryic on canvas, 350 x 460 mm, 2007

 Lavender Mist No 1, acryic on canvas, 350 x 460 mm, 2007
       
     

Lavender Mist No 1, acryic on canvas, 350 x 460 mm, 2007

 The Blue Vase, acryic and oil on canvas, 620 x 510 mm, 2007
       
     

The Blue Vase, acryic and oil on canvas, 620 x 510 mm, 2007

 To die for, oil on Canvas, 1110 x 1500 mm, 2007
       
     

To die for, oil on Canvas, 1110 x 1500 mm, 2007

 Pea and Cock, acrylic and oil on canvas, 1110 x 1510 mm, 2007
       
     

Pea and Cock, acrylic and oil on canvas, 1110 x 1510 mm, 2007

 Mignon, acrylic and oil on Canvas, 2400 x 2800 mm, 2005
       
     

Mignon, acrylic and oil on Canvas, 2400 x 2800 mm, 2005

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