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Q&A with Mitch Gobel, artist

Australian artist brings works of rich color and passion to Scenic Eclipse

”Mitch’s work is a perfect complement to Scenic Eclipse”, said Karen Moroney, Project Director - Design, Scenic Group. “His works are truly beautiful. They reflect the colors and movement of the ocean and exhibit a passion for life and the environment, which is at the very essence of the design of Scenic Eclipse.

“It was very important to us to include something uniquely and expressly Australian on this ship. Mitch’s work is a true reflection of the incredible talent in this country, and we are incredibly proud to be able to feature his works”, said Mrs Moroney.

The three main piece commissioned for Scenic Eclipse are part of The Melt collection – Costeria Amalfitana, Raja Ampat, and The Antarctic Peninsula.

“The intention behind these works was to create a collection of art which illustrates a few specific oceanic environments of beauty and natural wealth,” said Mitch. “The artwork pays tribute to what we value from a positive perspective, as a reflection of our love, wonder and appreciation for the natural world.

“These pieces invite you to dive into my perception of three very unique environments which we know are vital to the health, diversity and abundance of life in our oceans. These areas deserve great recognition, and conservation should be at the forefront of our consciousness towards them.”

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About the Artist

“The art is both a practice I know well and a surprising process, continually evolving and in every way unique — the fluidity of the material's present a constant challenge. I aim to create space for the art to be its own creation while simultaneously manipulating and controlling the outcome.

My experience of the art is what I consider to be a spiritual practice, and beyond egoic intervention, I endeavor to create from the heart. It's a reflection of my internal state, a cosmic vision or remembering which I'm doing my best to illustrate and understand. Incorporating a range of mixed media and pouring techniques, I reflect on the complexity of the world around me, inspired by nature, love and the evolution of self.'

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Q &A with Mitch Gobel

Why did you decide to work with resin as a medium and what are the challenges and rewards of using it?

I have been working with resin since 2012 and I was drawn to it initially mainly because of its beauty and depth but also because I didn’t understand it. I’d seen a hand full of resin works in galleries and those pieces were always the works that I couldn’t make sense of. That said, I felt there was potential to express something unique and defined as an artwork. The structure of resin is transparent, like glass, and it’s possible to support different pigments and materials within itself to create this kind of frozen, floating like feel. It is simultaneously free and contained and once I started to succeed in creating what I had in mind, with the resin, it became and still is really exciting. It is hard to work with. Resin is like honey before it sets and it requires a lot of space and a structured process to contain the flow as it hardens. The beauty of it is that it really is its own creation. I do my best to manipulate the outcome, but it goes where it needs to and I’m painting with it, rather than painting it.

 Of all of the works on board Scenic Eclipse, is there one you’re most proud of? And why…

Some works are more impressive to me than others, some are better than others but it’s totally relative to the viewer. I try to stay neutral and not pick favourites because I consider each piece to be perfect within itself, but if I had to pick right now in this moment, I would say my favourite is probably Raja Ampat.

Raja, in particular is really special because I started with the intention to create a coral reef and meditated on how that felt and the colours. What came through as the art, I feel, is just so different to what I had in my mind, but then it works so well… It was a great example of how perfectly and effortlessly something beautiful can manifest when I get out of my way and let it unfold, rather than trying to control the outcome.

What synergies did you see between your work and Scenic Eclipse as an expedition ship exploring the most remote and stunning parts of the world?

The art has always been an exploration of self and a vessel into the unknown. A means to discover new places, new ideas… I’m sure many guests would feel the same or relate to those experiences through their journey with Scenic.

How do you know when your work is finished?

When my wife tells me to stop? No, sometimes it’s more apparent than others. Occasionally I miss the mark and put too much of ‘me’ into the piece, but I’m learning when to step back. There’s been piece’s which scream ‘enough!’ and others are harder to pick. Every piece is unique.

How does the environment and nature influence your art?

Most of my work is inspired by nature. Visually many people take the work as an aerial view of a landscape an there’s certainly the idea with some pieces. Others are more cosmic and otherworldly. Nature is the ultimate creator and the art is my tribute to its beauty.