'Source' and 'Fibonacci Dome' acrylic on wood, by Sue Ironfield
Her springboard was Johannes Kepler`s analogy in his Weltharmonik or Harmonic Theory of the Universe of 1619 between intervals and polygons. These figures are shown by Sue to evolve from the fission of the circle, forming a mandorla or almond-shape, an iconographic element sometimes shown as a face. Sometimes a Yin-Yang curve instigates division and growth.
These heartfelt abstractions become dynamic, with strong line and vibrant expressive colour, and are enriched by various symbolic allusions.
The simple number series of the intervals, 1 2 3 4 5 etc, with their crystalline forms, are then connected to the Fibonacci series, 1 2 3 5 8 etc, a formula for growth related to the Golden Section.
From Sue`s poem HARMONIC IMAGES
Around its core number moves pure forms
Excerpt (translated from the German) from a talk given by Art Historian Dr. Peter Holzwig at Sue`s exhibition in the Robert Schumann Music College in Düsseldorf.
"Abstraction continually gives birth
to what I, to put it freely, would like to call the altogether original
For where else can one see friendly "overtone mascots" floating
like will-o`-the-wisps through huge astral spaces, or Golden Section
flowers shining above horizons, or the overtone row transformed to
a series of heavenly apparitions?
Images above as follows: "Harmonic bells" acrylic and mixed media on board; "Whole new board game" acrylic on board; details from the artists sketches; artist: Sue Ironfield.
SUE IRONFIELD - Biography
Born in Accrington, Lancashire, 16.2.45. Studied languages and music at the University of Liverpool, and wrote a Doctoral thesis on the artistic ideas of Berlioz (referred). Painted and exhibited continuously from 1976. Lived in Düsseldorf from 1985 to 2007. Is now also writing poetry again, including a long series on the astrological signs.
SELECTION OF EXHIBITIONS IN ENGLAND (before 1985)
Liverpool - Bluecoat Gallery, Centre
Gallery, Acorn Gallery (now Egg Cafe), Everyman Theatre, Neptune
Theatre, New Age Festival, Poetry Convention at Lark Lane Community
Association, University School of Architecture, University Mind Symposium.
Since her return to Liverpool, Sue has also been involved in various local exhibition organised through Gallery4allarts, including a small retrospective of her own work, as part of the "Artists and Identity" show, 2007 and "People and Love", 2008.
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