It starts with the words. Etched, smeared and imprinted on canvas or aluminium like initials carved into a tree. L.A.-based Australian artist Luke Chiswell uses language as the foundation for the emotive works in his latest exhibition, Wish It Would Last, rendered in both painting and sculpture. His abstract pieces feature portions of phrases and words in acrylic, pencil, resin and burntAcacia Pycnantha tree. See Chiswell's works up close at Sydney's Jerico Contemporary in Woolloomooloo, opening tonight at 6pm and running through February 9.