1000 Colours for Lalita

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  • 1000 Colours for Lalita (installation detail)
    Anna Nangle 1000 Colours for Lalita (installation detail), 2021
    Plywood, tempered hardboard, gouache, linen.
    Image Credit
    Image: Document Photography

About the exhibition

1000 Colours for Lalita is a painting and sound installation in the form of a coloured, mystic, power diagram of one thousand, coloured squares that spatialises the text of an ancient Indian Sanskrit prayer.

Formally the work has connections with the ontology of abstraction, especially the minimalist, colour field paintings from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s of artists like Sol Le Witt, Ellswoth Kelly and Josef Albers. While the work has connections to these painters in terms of their application of geometry, grids and colour theory it is more closely aligned conceptually with the spirituality of Indian tantric paintings which aim to create a scared space where one can reconcile inner conflict and achieve union with the self.

The installation gives form and sound to Anna Nangle's personal experience and process of healing from the trauma of the bushfires on the NSW South Coast and includes a video made from Super 8 footage of that time. While painting the 1000 different coloured squares she reconnected to the meditative state beyond thought that occurs when the individual self merges with the universal. Experiencing this work the viewer also has the potential to restore and reconnect themselves with these generative and life sustaining forces.

The sound elements of the work are an analogue synth atmospheric soundtrack that fills the gallery and two spoken word monologues accessed via a QR code or MP3Players. These pieces create a narrative connection between the auditory and visual elements of the work, in a similar way that mantras (sacred sounds) are combined with yantras (mystic diagrams) in Indian spirituality.

There is a reading table with the follwing texts and a perspex audience response box.

  • The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel Van Der Kolk.
  • Milkman, Anna Burns. 
  • Interaction of Color, Josef Albers.
  • The October Colouring-In Book, David Batchelor.
  • Yantra, The Tantric Symbol of Cosmic Unity, Madhu Khanna.
  • Grids, October, Vol 9, Rosalind Krauss.


Artists and Curator

Anna Nangle

Anna Nangle is a visual artist whose work is situated within the expanded field of post-studio practice that includes participatory and site-specific art. She creates performative environments and installations that include film, video, photography, spoken word, sound and journey making. In 2018, while at UNSW she was selected as a finalist in the Tim Olsen Drawing Prize and was a recipient of the Deans Medal for Excellence. She is currently studying an MFA at the Belfast School of Art.

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/09/2021 - 01/09/2025
Exhibition size
Between 50-75 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
Shoalhaven Regional Gallery
$2,000 (exc. freight)
Accompanying materials available
Education Kit, Installation Support Available, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Invitations or Invitation Template, Labels, Public Program Opportunities, Public Workshops, Signage
Other materials
Dynamic QR Codes linked to sound files. Reading table, stools, books, perspex contributions box, paper, pencils. Professional photo documentation by Document photography.
Primary contact
Anna Nangle
0432 702559
Secondary contact
Bronwyn Coulston (Manager Arts & Culture, Shoalhaven City Council)
02 4429 5444
This exhibition was created with assistance from Create NSW and The Shoalhaven Arts Board.