Carla McRae / Sarah Rowe
10 June - 11 July
Carla McRae / The Form is the Feeling
“I’ve been enjoying exploring new processes of navigating and translating my internal dialogue with the world — finding more nuanced ways of giving form to feelings. Shape, colour, line and texture offer a freeing, invigorating and consoling place to retreat to when the world feels uncertain and fractured.
The work in this show was created over a two year period, spanning a residency in Belgrave in 2019 exploring new mediums and processes, drawing as meditative exercise during the isolation of 2020, and bringing it all together this year in the studio.
The Form is the Feeling is a space where the mind and body can come to rest. These new works evoke the forms of nature and emotion, radiating energy, life and colour. How to express the optimism of a morning, warmth of the sun, blades of grass in a breeze, the melancholy of nostalgia? Can one find a portrait of the self in the shape of a leaf or a flower? What colour captures the essence of a feeling? How to hold the micro and macro, light and dark, in the same hand all at once? Sometimes it is a comfort to know that a perfect puzzle of fragmented pieces makes something whole.”
Carla McRae works as both an artist and illustrator across multiple mediums, such as drawing, digital illustration, sculpture, installation, murals and publications. With her signature blend of both detail and minimalism she creates bright, colourful work with bold forms and fine lines. McRae is influenced by cartoons, popular culture and everyday observation. Thematically her work often explores the realm of emotions, evoking hope, happiness and optimism through dynamic and playful visual narratives.
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Sarah Rowe / Snug as a Bug
“If I can’t see the edges of a quilt or blanket sometimes it can appear to me to be not that different from an abstract painting or landscape. In this series of works, I hone in on what I really love about textiles and apply it to paintings which could be read as a cropped in image of something woven or stitched, but if you get right in there, these paintings could also be understood purely as abstract shapes or landscapes.
Painting in layers remains my favourite way to create an image and I’m still starting with hardly any idea as to what will be the outcome. The painting always tells me what to do. My heart follows easily, my head argues a bit. I guess the results are agreements between the two.”
“Having come from a career in Textile Design, my work is heavily inspired by textiles and patterns of many variations. I’m driven by the need to create paintings because of my love of colour and pattern. I find the act of painting itself, deeply satisfying, meditative and therapeutic. As I go about making one of my works, I rarely know what the outcome will be. I prefer to go on an ‘adventure’ by building up layers of paint, reacting to shapes and marks made below. It’s a somewhat hypnotic process of retain-delete-retain-delete until I find the end of the work.”
Sarah Rowe is a Melbourne based artist and established textile designer. Throughout her career, Rowe has demonstrated a strong interest in the relationship between, design, space and expression. Through her exploration of the paint medium Rowe brings together abstract forms and contrasting colours in a painterly style, to produce dynamic works that portray softness and depth simultaneously.
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Exhibitions run 10th June – 11th July