‘Contrapasso’ consisted of 524 individual pieces which made up one greater work that aimed to convey to the viewer the nature of its grim yet captivating subject matter. All 524 of the forms seen here were completed in rapid succession by Visual Artist Wendy Dixon-Whiley as she reacted to the Dante Alighieri’s famous poem Inferno from the Divine Comedy. Unrecognisable and yet somehow familiar, the vaguely anthropomorphic and almost organ-like figures evolve along with the poem’s storyline. Excerpts from Inferno punctuate the work to give the viewer a sense of the confronting yet beautiful language of this classic story.
Recipient of the Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund Grant 2019