Justine Varga creates imagery that is minimal and sublime. Although she uses analogue techniques and works with great control of the craft, the results seem liberated from their medium to become more akin to abstract paintings. The delicate and balanced compositions evidence Varga’s obvious delight in the idiosyncrasies of light and film.Read More
Varga often depicts anonymous and simple spaces, inner sanctums that give pause for reflection. In Moving Out, she pays elegant homage to her art studio, a site that gave rise to many of her works and also to one of her first exhibitions. As with earlier images from the series Empty Studios (2009), the emptiness of her work space is transformed with the addition of a few bits of string, a scrap of board or a shimmer of light into a somewhat magical and invested place. In the Lightform video works, this alchemy of space takes place in real time, shimmering and changing before our eyes.
Varga has achieved significant recognition since graduating with Honours from the National Art School, Sydney in 2007. In 2012 she has been selected for the prestigious Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, and will feature in Flatlands, Art Gallery of NSW and in The Lookout, National Art School. She was a finalist in the 2011 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, and has work in the collection of Art Gallery of NSW.
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