In 2011, Feneley accompanied the Scientific Exhibition Group whilst they surveyed fourteen sites in the area. Her vision of the numinous which has been on display in previous works such as Lumen - iii (2009), is extended in this latest exhibition Viewpoint. In this case, Feneley articulates the numinous by referring to German theologian Rudolf Otto - describing it as simultaneously 'mysterium tremendum' (invoking fear and trembling) and 'mysterium fascinans' (fascinating and compelling the viewer). To quote Feneley:
The wilderness sanctuary of Arkaroola bears both these quailties, provoking awe and humility in the
face if its inherent power, yet also a compulsion to remain silent and absorb its beguiling hushed
I feel lucky to have viewed the exhibition in almost complete silence. I had chosen wisely not to attend the opening night - which Sam Hill-Smith described as 'packed'. Instead, I visited mid-week with one of my students and we were able to contemplate the works at leisure, only occasionally murmuring brief snippets of conversation to each other - as though we would be disturbing the sanctity of the works to do otherwise. Indeed, we felt as though we were actually at Arkaroola - in a giant natural cathedral where we could sense the presence of ancient spirits watching over.
Feneley succeeds in compelling the viewer to look and look again. This is an exhibition that demonstrates again her skillfully patient approach to her subjects and her techniques. Certainly, her art is a tangible marriage of sensitivity, spirituality and painterly endurance; her longevity as a painter of importance is most definitely assured.