Melanie Authier begins her work with a gesture, a colour or a form that becomes the focal point for a painterly engagement, the results of which are neither all-out abstraction nor overtly representational. "Augury" "alludes to the main action of the painting," says the artist, "the insides unfolding outwards. I wanted the work to possess a feeling of tumultuous furor." Exemplified here are the kind of pastel hues, bold contrasts and brazen brushstrokes Authier applies in her contemporary dialogue with Romanticism. Her expressive canvases prod at the possibilities and constraints involved in evoking the mysterious and sublime in painting today.
Materialsacrylic on canvas
152.5 x 183 x 4.2 cm