DM18 Daphne Mason. Nebulons 4. 2012. $4150. 61cm H x 61cm W. Oil on canvas stretcher. Unframed.
The Nebulon series of 2012 picks up a recurring theme in Daphne's work, that of puzzles and implied connections.
As a child growing up without siblings, Daphne lived with her widowed mother in boarding houses or rented rooms. While her mother was away at work, Daphne was left to entertain herself. Solving puzzles where one had to find as many objects as one could, hidden inside a picture, was one of her favourite pastimes. The floral patterned wallpaper in the boarding house rooms also fuelled her hunt for hidden images; while the boarders talking over her young head often gave her fuel for thought. Clearly, the world was full of puzzles and connections, both hidden and implied.
These works hint at landscapes, human forms, fragments and a lifetime of memories.