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From the gates of Hades to the Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Fables are etched deep into all cultures and Sunshine Coast Hinterland artist Judith Rosenberg has drawn from the realms of fantasy and fable for her current exhibition at Art on Cairncross near Maleny. From the gates of Hades to the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Judith's etchings and drawings interpret fables from a variety of cultures.
From Greek mythology, we see Persephone emerging from the underworld with the new season's crop of wheat and pomegranates, and Eros looking particularly sharp in Harlequin pants.
The Harlequin also appears in a series of hand-coloured etchings with a wash day theme where even the clothes pegs are imbued with symbolism. We also see the washing lines of a Pope, a Shah and an Emperor. It wasn't that the Emperor had no clothes, his duds were just in the wash!
These days Judith Rosenberg is best-known known for print-making and etching but her long artistic career began as a graphic artist at London Zoo and also included a stint as a botanical and wildlife illustrator for the Botanic Gardens in Canberra. Perhaps that explains why her etching of the Garden of Eden includes strelitzia and banksia flowers with a magpie staring down the serpent.
The Biblical theme continues with a beautifully composed hand-coloured etching, "End of the Flood" with Noah's Ark perched precariously on Mount Ararat and the dove returning through a landscape bursting with new life and colour.