Tonee Messiah, Augment and Halt, 2019. Oil on canvas, 137 × 152cm. Courtesy: the artist and Gallery 9, Sydney.
Tonee Messiah’s newest work brings into question psychosocial dynamics through the abstract picture plane. Her intuitive process of painting merges with individualised ideas of dividing and traversing physical and social spaces, often subconsciously. This is then applied to pictorial and painterly space, often subconsciously.
Painterly movements in abstract image making treat the picture plane as a habitat for spatial negotiations across the ten canvases of the exhibition. Referencing nuances of psychosocial spaces in the titles, the paintings begin with a base structure derived through the artist’s perception of power dynamics within social spaces. The initial compositional ground becomes an organisational hierarchy for Messiah to locate abstract objects and marks that move within and around borders and boundaries.
Exhibition opens: 6–8pm Wednesday 16 October 2019