Julia Davidson, Contemplation, 2019. Oil on linen, 122 x 153cm. Courtesy: the artist and Courtesy: the artist and Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne.
Ripe with visual metaphor, Julia Davidson’s new series continues her ongoing interest in the Renaissance altarpiece, with dramatic light and scale fusing the monumental with the mundane. Engaging with the historical trope of drapery, the artist employs striking chiaroscuro to conjure moments of revelation and concealment. As light and shadow undulate along the folds of fabric, we see dualities of enlightenment and secrecy, the seen and unseen.
Exhibition opens: 1–3pm Saturday 9 November 2019