In March, Mary Tonkin’s work will be exhibited at Whiteshorse Artspace, Box Hill Town Hall.
‘Ramble‘ brings together three works, each painted en plein air in Kalorama. Plunge in, Kalorama 2019 is a sensuous response to the memory of swimming while Madre, Kalorama 2008 is the embracing form of a single monumental tree. Ramble, Kalorama 2017-19 is an immersive, 19 metre wide wall painting comprised of 21 panels. This incredible painting is the culmination of ten years of drawing and painting around the problem of how to convey the somewhat episodic experience of being in the bush. As Mary reflects, ‘Even if I’m standing in one spot to draw or paint I move about, my point of view, relationship to forms, light and seasons all change. The previously seen impinges on the present and all the internal stuff I bring to it is in flux. I ramble about and try to make sense of it all, in a kind of ecstatic reverie.’
The exhibition opens on Thursday 5 March and is current until Saturday 18 April. Visit Artspace at 1pm on Saturday 21 March to hear Mary in conversation with curator Jacquie Nichols-Reeves, discussing the technique and inspiration behind Mary’s immersive paintings.
Image above: Ramble, Kalorama 2017-19 oil on linen 180 x 1890 cm
Image below: Plunge in, Kalorama 2019 oil on linen 180 x 180 cm