Anya Pesce and Lisa Sharp are painters who first met at art school in Sydney, Australia. Sharing a lively interest in the fields of non-objective abstraction, expanded painting and materials discourse they have enjoyed discussing, working and showing together in various artist-run platforms, projects and exhibitions.
The exhibition '30 x 30 : prêt-à-porter' presents their most recent works, posited as a visual and ongoing conversation between their distinct art practices and shared fascination with cloth and clothing. Starting with the logical clarity of a monochrome square, humbly sized at 30 x 30 cm, remaining ever conscious of art historical legacies, they have both made works that play with strictures as well as posing possibilities. Like their ongoing dialogue, the exhibition spars back and forth on the potential of black squares, shades of white and associations of red, yellow and blue. Where Anya works with readymade colour and materially challenges notions of the painted picture plane, Lisa works with single pigments and repurposed cloth as surrogate canvas. Industrial fabrication is played off against hand making. Fashion and consumerism mingled with utility and everyday ritual. Glossy and manipulated surfaces sit beside stained and wrinkled skins. In common is the visual language of painting and the schema of geometric abstraction, as a way to explore narratives of body, drapery and the cultural significance of textiles.