Marie Mansfield

PRELUDE

8 November — 24 November 2023

Lives and works in Sydney

View profile

Prelude is Marie Mansfield's exquisitely noir-esque exhibition. A master of light and dark; she revels in the small details we often discard in our haste through life. 

A marked departure from her previous work, she seeks to move away from traditional still life compositions, aiming to capture something more elusive—finding inspiration in the minimal, empty spaces that lay in anticipation of being filled.

In this place, an interplay between absence and presence is witnessed. Mansfield invites us to interpret the stories that unfold in these quiet spaces. Central to Mansfield's artistry, her depictions set the stage, awaiting the arrival of players in their unfolding stories. They become the backdrop for untold narratives, and we are left to imagine the scenarios that might transpire next. 

Mansfield challenges the traditional interpretation of beauty. She suggests that a beautiful setting does not necessarily guarantee a positive experience, just as a plain space may conjure a backdrop for a memorable interaction. The simple moments that go unnoticed are instead magnified, elevated to the enigmatic and sublime; gently held in the diffuse glow of low-light. What we see in obscurity is far more compelling than what we see in the light of day.

Mansfield delivers a delicate balance between what is seen and what is left to the imagination, offering a unique perspective on the role of spaces in shaping our experiences. The magic of any given place is not solely determined by its aesthetics but is rather a canvas upon which life's stories are painted.

Anthea Mentzalis
November, 2023

\ Exhibition featured works

Marie Mansfield

10 pm

2023 \ Oil on board \ 70 x 60cm

SOLD

Marie Mansfield

2 am

2023 \ Oil on board \ 60 x 50cm

SOLD

Marie Mansfield

Anticipation

2023 \ Oil on board \ 50 x 40cm

SOLD

Marie Mansfield

Before

2023 \ Oil on board \ 40.5 x 51cm

SOLD

Marie Mansfield

Between Settings

2023 \ Oil on board \ 60 x 50cm

SOLD

Marie Mansfield

Connection

2023 \ Oil on board \ 40.5 x 51cm

SOLD

Marie Mansfield

Corner Table

2023 \ Oil on board \ 61 x 46cm

SOLD

Marie Mansfield

Double Shift

2023 \ Oil on board \ 70 x 60cm

SOLD

Marie Mansfield

Night Cap

2023 \ Oil on board \ 40 x 50cm

SOLD

Marie Mansfield

Prelude

2023 \ Oil on board \ 51 x 40.5cm

SOLD

Marie Mansfield

Quiet Corner

2023 \ Oil on board \ 60 x 50cm

SOLD

Marie Mansfield

Something to Say

2023 \ Oil on board \ 51 x 40.5cm

SOLD

Marie Mansfield

The Patron

2023 \ Oil on board \ 70 x 60cm

SOLD

Marie Mansfield

The Void

2023 \ Oil on board \ 70 x 60cm

SOLD

Marie Mansfield

\ Installation photo

Marie Mansfield

\ Installation photo

Marie Mansfield

\ Installation photo

\ Other exhibitions

ONCE UPON A MIDNIGHT DREARY

Group Exhibition

13 July — 20 July 2024

Christopher Horder

THE FRUITS OF SPRING AND THE BATS OF NIGHT

2 July — 20 July 2024

Selma Coulthard

New paintings, Old stories

20 June — 29 June 2024

Contact Us

to find out more about PRELUDE.

12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm Saturday, 11am - 4pm Closed Public Holidays (and Easter Saturday)