Dahl’s work has luminosity and character as it captures the deep spiritual nature of “land” and growth, with its patterns, lines and shapes emphasized by colour.
She maps the vast contextual layering of the earth and the interconnectedness of human life with Flowers, Trees and all things living. Harnessing ancient, historical and contemporary references Astrid goes deeper into her subjects, often painting instinctually.
In Astrid’s work we begin to see a subliminal visual text. The visual becomes sound – whisperings, low murmurings past and present with half told stories entwining and coliding. These observations are symbolized by the textures, patterns and markings that pepper her textured earth and organic growth paintings.
Coming to Australia from Asia over five decades ago, Dahl has absorbed the landscape into her psychic. She has familiarized herself with the desert country, (with frequent camping trips) its many moods and complex physical and spiritual nuances. Memories of the Land of her birth – Thailand, with its exotic smells, bustle, colour and asian fragrant blooms, also lay half submerged and echo through out her works.
The materials that Astrid uses, varies with each painting as she straddles abstractness and recognizable forms. Acrylics are sometimes combined with oils along with a variety of textured grounds and mediums. Her paintings are mainly on canvas, stretched on a stretcher frame then varnished with a satin finish. There is always an ‘Authentication Certificate’ either from Astrid or the consignment Gallery.