In Emily Wolfe's paintings we catch obscure glimpses of gardens, rooftops through lace curtains, dappled light and dark shadows fall across bedroom walls. The stillness of these domestic scenes lends a sense of disquiet to Wolfe's works – imbued with a beautifully unsettling quality that implies there is more to them than meets the eye. There is an interest in everyday objects and materials, those things with which we surround ourselves: lace curtains, fabric covering apiece of furniture, a handwritten note taped to a window pane, a floral paper chain pinned to a wall, porcelain figurines upended on a table.
Marita Hewitt's recent series, 'Of Itself', was presented at Sydney Contemporary 2017. In this series Marita collects and sorts her personal mail before photographing it, and then turning it into beautiful handmade paper. Using this photographic documentation as reference, she paints immaculate images in watercolour; rendering the crumbled edges of paper, the smudged lines of handwriting, or the printed patterning of tissue wrapping in exquisite detail. The work is then, quite literally,'of itself'. Marita's practice explores the syntax of waste and materiality, and offers intriguing and often poignant insights into the artist's own life. One work documents the mail that arrived following the birth of her daughter, another the condolences received after her mother passed away last year.
Press release courtesy Page Galleries.