A sense of quietude pervades Robyn Sweaney‘s new body of work. The mood is one of introspection and stasis. She explains that her current paintings were created amidst “a year of uncertainty and the complexities of a world where our collective experience of multiple lockdowns, orders to ‘stay at home’ and be ‘alone together’ have become the new normal.” The exhibition’s title, Long Road Home, references memories of pre-2020 excursions from Mullumbimby to visit family and the Victorian landscapes of childhood, as well as a 2012 residency in Broken Hill. “The vistas and dwellings I had encountered along the way were quite literally, a long way from home!” remarks Sweaney. “More than just reflections on my travels, the imagery embodies the larger issues we’ve all faced. It is about distance, but also love, longing and hope.” Sweaney is nationally recognised for her depiction of the modest houses that were constructed during an era of post-war optimism. The facades may have been unremarkable but having one’s very own plot of land augmented the prevailing sense of liberation.
Opening Event 4-6pm Saturday November 20.
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