Fear not the harsh winter


Rubicon ARI, North Melbourne, VIC

May 26 – June 12, 2021

A series of paintings about my experience of darkness over the winter solstice, while on a residency with my mum in Glaziers Bay, Tasmania. These works observe the enveloping advance of night through interiors, exteriors, and in between spaces. Using expressive marks and moments of colour on a black ground, I show darkness as a space rich with possibility, forming a threshold between real and unreal, conversation and silence, disconnection and communion. The shifting silhouette of my mother has become the main character, moving from space to space, forming around her the keys to surviving a winter.

Morning poem, 2020, oil on canvas, 122.5 x 91.7cm
Alchemy, 2019, oil on canvas, 122 x 91.5cm
Early watches, 2020, oil on canvas, 61 x 50.8cm
We overwinter, 2019, oil and oil stick on canvas, 122 x 91.5cm
Bowl and cup, 2019, oil and oil stick on canvas, 61 x 50.8cm
Horizon’s tooth, 2019, oil on canvas, 152.6 x 101.8cm
To take what we love inside, 2020, oil and oil stick on canvas, 61 x 50.8cm
But love is the sky, 2019, oil on canvas, 152.6 x 101.8cm
House to hold, 2020, oil on canvas, 61 x 50.8cm
My inside and my outside, 2019, oil and oil stick on canvas, 122 x 91.5cm
Dimly downed sun, 2019, oil on canvas, 61 x 50.8cm
Under the rock are the jewels, 2020, oil and oil stick on canvas, 122 x 91.5cm
Threshold, 2021, oil on canvas, 101.8 x 152.6cm