In Anne Wallace’s 2018 drawing Growth, clumps of prickly pear and morning glory are captured by streetlight on a Brisbane roadside. Considered noxious weeds and consigned to the urban verges, the work nevertheless reveals an eerie splendour within the dark foliage.
Wallace has a tendency to peer into shady corners like these, finding beauty and pathos where others might recoil. The watercolour Boo Radley (2018) imagines the abode of its reclusive namesake in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, where perched on the garden bed are wooden figures carved by Radley of protagonists Scout and Jem. Beyond the uninvitingly spiky foliage a light shines through a window, signalling a near yet unreachable presence.
Distant presence is alluded to in the painting Refrigerator Mother (2018), a title referring to a debunked psychiatric theory attributing autism to a lack of maternal affection. Six foil-capped bottles of milk stand to attention on a doorstep, behind them a white cloth-bound bundle nestled within a bread-basket. The morning light casts a figure-like shadow from one bottle to the next, a disturbing spectre lurking within a seemingly quotidian scene.
Plain Sight is laced with these allusions to those on the fringes, interweaving the benign and the sinister to invoke a complex portrait of the human psyche.
Please join us for the opening of Anne Wallace – Plain Sight on Saturday 6 April from 4– pm.
Saturday 6 April to Saturday 11 May 2019
Saturday 11 May 2019 from 10am to 5pm