Wednesday, 17 June 2015


Until 18 July 2015

Marie McMahon’s paintings are a kind of landscape. A reconstruction assembled from observational notes that reduce the landscape to its component colours.

 These colour ribbons describe afternoons spent examining the rock ledges of Botany Bay that are exposed between the tides, a zone, a zonation that is littered with flotsam and jetsam not entirely sea or land. Here sponges, pumice and ambiguous water-worn objects are strewn between rock-holes reflecting the sky in hemispheres of water.

The romanticism of Marie’s imagery is objectified in her paintings. They adopt a kind of geometry that suggests cubism, which is the idea of painting that is simultaneously a representation of something and the invention of a new reality on the paintings surface.

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