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An exhibition of oil paintings and drypoints by local artist Therese Shanley exploring powerful narratives of memory. Taking inspiration from the artist’s childhood memories of growing up on a farm in North East Victoria intertwined with new memories being created in the artist’s own home, with her own children and family.
The use of a minimal colour pallete reflects the simplicity of the artist’s childhood home. This is juxtaposed against bright colours, seen in the use of floral motifs, which are a representation of Shanley’s mother and “her vibrance, energy, positivity and her pure joy”.
Whilst these works reflect personal stories, Shanley hopes that others can relate to them; allowing viewers to “form their own narratives or create their own feelings of nostalgia, joy, or simply just contentment.”
image: Therese Shanley, Marbles, 2019, oil on board. Image © Therese Shanley