Rebecca Wallis: With the Absent Other

28 October - 21 November 2020

“The work is about the intensity of our felt experiences between others, specifically between bonding and separation. It’s made to validate the intensity of shared experiences – in my case between mother and daughter – experienced through separation." - Rebecca Wallis.

Rebecca Wallis is an artist who is gaining significant international attention for her work. After completing her Masters in Visual Arts at Goldsmiths College in London, she’s practiced between London and Auckland.

Her third solo show with us is one of her most dynamic and exciting yet – paintings on silk that are folded, with both impressions opened up to display a counterpoint mirror image, with a deeply emotional resonance. 

At first glance, these works look like they occupy the edges of traditional formal abstraction -  but they are far more than that, balancing metaphors of tension and separation with the deep resonance of loss that a parent feels when a child becomes ‘the other’; quite literally finding their own path outside the lines of parental control and influence. This is a current source of personal and family exploration for Rebecca. 

 

“The work is about the intensity of our felt experiences between others, specifically between bonding and separation. It’s made to validate the intensity of shared experiences – in my case between mother and daughter – experienced through separation. And to recognise possibilities of openings and expansion lying beyond separation.

It’s expressed through the act of folding a whole sheet of paint in half where the two sides bonds together in areas. The unfolding exposes the restructuring of the whole and is then transferred using transparency to highlight the felt absence,” says Rebecca.

The motivation for Rebecca’s work is deeply personal – sometimes confrontingly so. And these beautiful paintings – all recent works from her studio – resonate deeply with contemporary ideas of the ‘feminine’.

Powerful and moving when experienced first-hand, this is a show we’re especially proud to bring to the new space.