512 nocturnes is an exhibition of paintings by Jenny Plumstead that will be shown at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space in Manuka, (Australia) from 8-18 August 2019.

This is a series of little images1 of the night; the sky, the mountain, and the space in between. Just after twilight, once known and discernible features in the landscape become one-field, under a veil of Indigo that finally turns to Prussian blue. In the moonlight these colours change again, acquiring depth and luminosity.

The painting process itself has developed in order to pursue these aspects of the night sky.

The materiality of the work is integral and evident; the paint moves across the surface of the support in much the same way that clouds form and merge as they move across the sky. This quality is often magnified to emphasise the notion of Nietzsche's 'least thing'2.

The inherent nature of the materials is at-one-with the application. The gestural nature of the mark combined with the hand-made surface reflects the conceptual basis for the work which is drawn from the pantheist belief that - There is no separation, that everything is connected.

Each support is 10 cm x 10 cm and is made from sized cardboard, dipped in plaster, sealed with gesso. The paint is a water based oil. The colour is Payne's Grey which, being a composite colour, is brilliant at representing the variants of colour in the night sky.

The little images are then attached to a length of material and hung on the wall like a scroll. This method of framing allows the modular nature of the images to take on many forms, shapes and sizes.

  1. The term 'little Images' refers to a series of works by Lee Krasner from 1946 - 1950, where she painted images within images.
  2. For happiness, how little suffice for happiness!... the least thing precisely, the gentlest thing, the lightest thing, a lizard's rustling, a breath, a whisk, an eye glance - little makes for the best happiness. Be still.