Dressing Up, After Manet
oil on canvas
107 x 122cm
Courtesy of the artist
Moya McKenna is a Melbourne-based painter. Her earlier paintings saw objects from her studio arranged into complex sculptural assemblages which were translated into paintings. Over time, McKenna has moved from describing the 'literal' space towards that imagined or sensed. In her most recent solo exhibition 'Mother's Foot' the paintings experimented with bringing together personal iconography, art history references and imaginative forms.
McKenna has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her work is found in many institutional and private collections around Australia.
'Dressing Up, after Manet combines Kane's Bridge in Kew, Melbourne, and Edouard Manet's painting The Railway, 1873, with personal iconography I have developed over the years. While making the painting I was considering the themes of time, loss, and motherhood. I was also interested in the idea of fusing the past, present, and future. The direct gaze of the woman looks out to the 'present' viewer, while the girl with the blue bow looks to the pictorial space, possible past and futures. The black empty space is the unknown with its potential for hope amidst the darkness.'
This artwork will be on display in the 2023 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize Finalist Exhibition from Saturday 25 November 2023 until Sunday 18 February 2024.
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