Amelia Disspain | New Works
Posted: 26 Aug 2012
MiCK presents this solo exhibition and first major show by Sydney-based painter Amelia Disspain.
Disspain’s renderings of the seemingly everyday urban places are more than they first appear to be as each canvas depicts the scene of a horrific event such as a murder or violent crime. Initially, Disspain’s works appear to be sweet, colourful scenes of suburban homes and landscapes. Once engaged with the paintings, one can sense that something more sinister is at play within the compositions.
The artist researches images of houses and places, often from horror films, archival documentation and old postcards. Detouring from the original imagery, Disspain manipulates perspective and alters colours undermining the homely and inviting subject matter. “Within the layers of ink and oil wash, I aim to create an awkward tension between the ambiguous and obvious….an object of nostalgia may allude to something that is perhaps dark and sinister.” What seems like an everyday house in a quiet neighbourhood contains a sense of something hidden, dark and uncomfortable – evidence of a secret inner life.
Amelia Disspain holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) from the National Art School, Sydney, was a finalist in the Paddington Art Prize in 2011, has been in group exhibitions at MiCK, Chalk Horse, Gosford Regional Art Gallery, Mary Place Gallery, Australian Galleries (Works on Paper) and exhibited at Fourth Floor Gallery.
Opening Night: 6 – 8pm, Thursday 6 September 2012
Exhibition runs 4 September - 7 October 2012
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