Australian Director Barrie Kosky is very much the man of the moment. The Artistic Director of the Komische Oper in Berlin has never shied away from the topics of homosexuality or Judaism, describing himself as a „gay Jewish kangaroo“. He famously placed a mountain of holocaust victims’ shoes onstage in his production of Nabucco at the Sydney Opera House. He made headlines again when he opened this year’s Bayreuth Festival with ‘The Mastersingers of Nuremberg’. Meanwhile, Polish audiences are being wowed by his ground-breaking multimedia production of ‘The Magic Flute’ at the National Opera in Warsaw. Australian painter Susan Wald was lucky enough to work with Kosky on ‘The Exile Trilogy’ and she created a series of paintings based on that experience. She told LAVIE, “I wanted to capture Kosky’s wild, explosive and transgressive vision, something of the essence of the dark history, ‘personal remembrance’ and deep sense of aloneness that pervades the final play of The Exile Trilogy.”
Barrie Kosky’s production of The Magic Flute returns to the National Opera in Warsaw in 2017/18.
‘Like Degas, Wald sought out the stage as a subject for her art. Like Degas’ attraction to the ballet, Wald’s interest in the theatre is about the metaphoric space of the stage. Her subject is human nature, and she approaches its painful limits through the representation of the human body in the moment of performance’
'The monotype allows her to translate the psychological revelation of the theatre into the symbolic language of light and dark. She works over the pale ghost Impression with brush and ink, adding thick layers of ink with a roller. The scene appears illuminated as though by a strong spotlight.'
Maria Zagala Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs Gallery of South Australia You can find the complete article here.