Gallery 9 is proud to present Internal Shadows.
Louise Gresswell's recent body of work comprises of non-representational painting on board. Through a painting practice Gresswell imbues the work with subjective readings as she explores concepts of vulnerability and protection. Central to Gresswell's work is the materiality of paint and surface as she investigates deeply personal histories and transfers that which is felt from hand to surface. The action of manipulating oil paint, the building up and covering of layers over time becomes a metaphor for the past. Sensory narratives are created through textured and rich surfaces with evidence of touch.
The use of cutting, reassembling and suturing evokes vulnerability but also signifies a metaphor for defiance. Through subverting the tradition of painting and embracing imperfection, the paintings speak about wholeness and fragmentation, creating 'fractured icons'.
Gresswell completed her Master of Fine Art studies from RMIT in 2017 with Distinction. During her time there she was awarded the School of Art International Studio Residency at Sangmyung University Gallery, South Korea. Gresswell has also been selected as a finalist in the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, 2018 and the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize, 2018.
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