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Vivianne Bertelsen, Hat Batique

Vivianne Bertelsen, Hat Batique

The Artist & Work of Art.

Vivianne Bertelsen

According to Getty Images, Vivianne Bertelsen is 'a blonde Viking of a girl. She trained as a pharmacist in her native Denmark, is now an experienced batik artist working and exhibiting in Sydney and Canberra, and is studying Zen painting with John Olsen.'  Known particularly for her textile work and batik dying, Vivianne helped to develop Batik craft to Ernabella Arts in 1975 with a grant from the Aboriginal Arts Board.The works of art were known for being bright and bold. In a solo exhibtion of Bertelsen's work, held at the Narek Gallery, Canberra in July 1975, her works of art were described as being Nordic in sensibility and feverish with movement. The most successful have a hallucinogenic quality and an explosive linear design. Unlike other works in that exhibition which were considered to be rather melancholy and even 'medieval', this work seems cheerful and relaxed. The figure could be in a rural scene relaxing on a summer's day. The work of art itself shows Vivianne's skill in batique dying whereby her use of wax to manipulate the colours has produced something akin to an impressionist painting. The artwork was created in 1975 and is made of stretched silk on a wooden frame.

Hat Batique

Batik art:

Batik is an Indonesian technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth. This technique originated from Java, Indonesia. Batik is made either by drawing dots and lines of the resist with a spouted tool called a tjanting, or by printing the resist with a copper stamp called a cap. For more information, check out the following video: