Dress Code March 2022 (rain), 2022
gouache and ink on various papers
115 x 108 cm
Since 2013 I have made a drawing each day based on what I was wearing that day. These small daily contributions have, over the years, grown into a major work. This diaristic way of working reflects and celebrates both the fleeting and the enduring qualities of the way we experience the days, months and years. Responding immediately to my daily life, the project embeds personal time in a collective chronology. It investigates the ordinary nature of everyday life and acknowledges the ways that the mundane act of getting dressed in the morning nurtures invention and imagination. These chronological drawings were made in March 2022, the incessant rain that battered NSW for that month, seeping into them.
Based in a lively drawing practice, Maryanne Coutts' work is increasingly an exploration of the relationship between drawing and time as expressed through animation and series of daily drawings. Maryanne Coutts studied at VCA between 1979 and 1981, the City Art Institute in 1984, and in 1999 completed a PhD at the University of Ballarat. She has exhibited extensively throughout Australia, as well as in the UK, Spain and Thailand. The prizes she has won include the Blake Prize, (joint 1982) and the Portia Geach Memorial Award(2007). She is currently Head of Drawing at the National Art School in Sydney.