The paintings and sculptures in this exhibition further Erica Gray’s life.e.quatic series in celebrating the vivid colours, intricate patterning and structural complexities observed in a variety of marine creatures, coral formations particularly. During mandatory isolation on account of COVID-19, Gray fostered new approaches to the rendering of her marine subject matter. Her abode took on an ambience akin to being submerged beneath the waves. The enclosed environment offered both cognition of and immunity from the dire situation occurring in the world beyond. ‘Social seclusion was a big motivation,’ she reflects. ‘I came to have a greater appreciation of my home and reimagined it within an aquatic realm.’
The quietude synonymous with watery depths permeates Gray’s paintings. Luminous sea creatures are conjured into domestic spaces now adrift in dream-like pastel hues. Living coral has appeared amidst breakfast leftovers, dishes and cutlery on a kitchen sink. Bedroom décor evinces the aquatic tenor: richly coloured coral motifs emblazon bed coverlets, cushions and lamp bases. A most intriguing character reaches into a wardrobe that is metaphorically brimming with imaginative possibilities.
Anthea Polson Art at Tedder Avenue
27 June to 11 July 2020