CURRENT TO 3 MARCH 2019
A New Exhibition Of Raw, Gestural Works From Miranda Skoczek
One of Melbourne’s most collectible contemporary artists opens her first show of the year tomorrow.
Melbourne-based artist Miranda Skoczek rings in her first exhibition for the year with Suggesting Icons at Nicholas Thompson Gallery in Collingwood.
Totems and trophies from Miranda’s subconscious emerge from densely coloured backgrounds in Suggesting Icons. ‘I am possessed by colour… as I am with a physical expression that is playful, instinctual and led by experience,’ Miranda explains of her painterly, gestural works that almost call out to you from the other side of the room.
A dominating palette of greens from deep-sea to moss is spliced and layered with slivers of acidic yellow and candy pink – an intuitive control of colour that is signature to Miranda’s raw, expressive visual language.
Following her exhibition at Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Miranda’s work will also be included in the forthcoming exhibition Gorman: Ten Years of Collaborating at Heide Museum of Modern Art in March.
The Design Files, 12th February, 2019
"Intuition, the delicate coupled with the raw and performative like sweeps of gesture. Masses of abstract colour are at times bound and bordered, hinting at or representative of forms and motifs that occupy my sub conscious. I am possessed by colour, as I am with a physical expression that is playful, instinctual and led by experience.
Specific colour memories, architectonic archways, the arm of an Etruscan vessel act as triggers, leading me to more considered layers, shapes and iconography.
My everyday consumption of images informing titles such as Howard as a nod to the great painter Hodgkin, The Etruscans and the afterlife testament to my obsession with antiquity and the decorative. Bit-a This, Bit-a That a reminder that not only do I borrow from the whole history of mark making and the canons of Western Art, but that irreverence and wit are never far from my thoughts."
Miranda Skoczek 2019
Miranda Skoczek has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane since 2008. Her work has been included in group exhibitions including '9x5 NOW’ at Margaret Lawrence Gallery Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne and internationally in Hong Kong and Denmark. Skoczek has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from the Victorian College of the Arts. She has been profiled in publications including Art Guide Australia, Australian Art Review and Vogue Living. Skoczek's work is held in the collection of Artbank and prominent institutional, corporate and private collections. Her work will be included in the forthcoming exhibition Gorman: Ten Years of Collaborating at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne in March 2019.