October 7 - November 20 2016
Saturday 8th October 2-4pm
To be launched by Mardi Nowak
Senior Curator Town Hall Gallery
7-27 Snake Gully Drive, Bundoora
Wednesday - Friday 11am-4pm
Saturday - Sunday 12noon-5pm
I am continuously intrigued by the manner in which paint pigments blend when manipulated in various ways upon a painting support. The slippery surface of perspex enables unimpeded gestures. The transparency and colour of this material adds another dimension to the work.
Setting myself parameters and working intuitively without anticipating how a painting will proceed allows for the unexpected. Pattern and colour have been an ongoing inspiration for my painting. This recent body of work is loosely inspired by some of the interior decorative features of Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Circular and linear motifs in door frames and the repeated ceiling decoration are of particular interest. There are also links to an early fascination with flowers and the organic, reflected in these paintings.
I completed a PhD last year in which I contextualised my painting practice within abstract traditions over the past 100 years. I examined the work of Paul Klee in the context of the idea of the poetic, Willem de Kooning, through Doubt, Raoul de Keyser and Mary Heilmann via the provisional and performative and Emily Kngwarreye in terms of gesture. It is interesting to consider how the integration of this research has become manifested in this first body of work after an intense period of research and writing.