Draped over invisible clotheslines, classic materials conceal seaside vistas, meadows teeming with dried grasses, and craggy partitions of stone in Monica Rohan’s newest works. The artist (previously) renders the huge landscapes of her native Australia in a brand new collection of oil work as a part of Disappearing Act, her solo present on view later this month at Jan Murphy Gallery in Fortitude Valley, Queensland.
Recognized for her deft portrayals of sample and the scale of folded textiles, Rohan continues to distinction home, human-made materials with extra natural environment. On this collection, disembodied limbs draw again the suspended curtains, slowly uncovering the in any other case hid landscapes. Rohan refers to those small reveals as “portals to seemingly idyllic environments past” that intensify the way in which work—and artwork, extra broadly—intervene in how we expertise our environment.
The stage-like nature of the work attracts connections between the restricted period of theatrical performances and the upcoming losses attributable to the local weather disaster as they channel “emotions of tension and concern towards landscapes below menace,” the artist says. Every is serene with calm waters, sunny skies, and an easiness to its existence, and all notably lack proof of human civilization. Devoid of a physique, the arms add an uncanny rigidity to the works, as they direct viewers towards what lies behind the curtains and emphasize, because the title suggests, “that the present is about to begin.”
Disappearing Act will run from April 26 to Could 13. Till then, check out Rohan’s Instagram, the place she generously shares glimpses into her course of.
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