Michelle Cawthorn: Bittersweet
17 Oct 2015 - 6 Dec 2015
Part of a series of solo exhibitions by four contemporary artists who have grown up in or live in southern Sydney.
Michelle Cawthorn’s Bittersweet explores both pleasant and painful memories of her experiences in life particularly around the death of her mother. The image of birds also feature largely in this exhibition as it links to memories of a time spent on family holidays. Cawthorn says "our notion of self derives from our ability to form memories both pleasant and painful. The person that I know myself to be is an amalgam of all of my experiences. Because of this, my resultant artworks are often bittersweet.'"
The drawing, sculptures and paintings which Michelle makes are external expressions of her inner world. Her work invites the viewer to infer their own meaning. Michelle is particularly interested in the little triggers which take us to our own inner landscape – an old teddy bear, a song, a scent. One of her works in this exhibition is a ‘memory tent’ which invites the viewer to enter and recall past experiences and events evoked by the light and smell present.
Image: Pony (detail), 2015, pen, watercolour, gouache, graphite, coloured pencil, pastel, ink and synthetic polymer paint on Hahnemuhle paper.
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