THE CLAYTON UTZ ART PARTNERSHIP, MELBOURNE
16 MAY TO NOVEMBER 2019
An exhibition of new and recent work in conjunction with 3:33 Art Projects for The Clayton Utz Art Partnership, Melbourne.
Viewings by private appointment at Clayton Utz, Melbourne.
Contact Nicholas Thompson Gallery for further information.
My paintings are a product of process, form and colour that resolves with a sensation of space.
I am a process-driven painter. My works are the result automatic and physical expressions. The raw and performative sweeps of gesture in my paintings are the connections between myself as artist and the materiality of the painted surface. There is an awkwardness to my pictures. There is a struggle and uncontrollability that is married through process with intent and intuition.
I am a consumer of images and use an appropriative approach to form. I combine disparate images from myriad and random sources that are re-contextualised in my paintings, fostering an allusive oscillation between antiquity and contemporaneity. Remembered forms such as architectonic archways and the arm of an Etruscan vessel lead to the construction of new archetypes. I am particularly interested in dualities, specifically the beautiful and the ugly, nature and culture, the tensions between the real and ideal.
I am a colourist. When painting I am possessed by colour, it translates into a physical expression that is playful, instinctual and led by intuition and experience. Specific colour memories act as triggers leading me to more considered layers. These layers take on new meaning through process as my painting becomes about the act of painting.
Ultimately, my paintings convey the sensation of a newly created, intangible space. I want to connect to the passage of time and open an aesthetic area where spirituality and temporality converge. My work speaks of a desire to create sanctuary for the self, self-indulgent, yet authentic. I know no other way.
Miranda Skoczek 2019
Miranda Skoczek has held solo and group exhibitions since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, and internationally in Hong Kong, Denmark and New York. Her work has been included in significant group exhibitions, including ‘Gorman : Ten Years of Collaborating’ at Heide Museum of Modern Art (2019) and ‘9x5 Now’ at Margaret Lawrence Gallery Victorian College of the Arts (2017). Skoczek has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from the VCA (2004) as well as Diplomas in Graphic Design and Visual Art. She has been profiled in publications including Art Guide Australia, The Age, Australian Art Review, ABC Radio National, The Guardian and Vogue Living. Skoczek’s work is held in the collection of Artbank, and prominent corporate and private collections.