The exhibition seeks to question thematic, medium, gender and discourse preconceptions, not through mindless disruption but an internalised reconciliation and transcendence of dualities.
Creating points of departure but also a sense of coming home, Cecilia Charlton, Alice Kemp, Emily Platzer and Bryan Reedy weave new pictorial narratives while staying rooted in their own expression of history and identity.
As a third generation textile artist, Cecilia Charlton explores traditional techniques such as needlepoint and embroidery as well as painting and installation, creating work that feels both historical and contemporary.
Alice Kemp roots her practice on traditional painting techniques, often superimposed on printed surfaces or heavily reworked abstract compositions, with unexpected elements that challenge the notion of what is considered high art.
Emily Platzer tackles notions of femininity and storytelling in bold, colourful, poetic paintings and three-dimensional objects.
Finally, Bryan Reedy explores gesture and abstraction creating minimal mindscapes using painting and textile techniques that result in striking, yet tender compositions.
The Art Rooms salon series was created to present a handpicked selection of works in a comfortable, intimate environment. In these times of supercharged visual culture where imagery is consumed instantly, without a moment for reflection or aesthetic appreciation, the Art Rooms endeavour to pause the maelstrom and invite viewers to become absorbed by the richness and depth of the work presented.
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