Zoë MacDonell

Sweet Edge

8 May — 23 May 2014

Lives and works in Sydney

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Represented by nanda\hobbs

 

Zoë MacDonell’s Sweet Edge is a deeply personal exploration, delving into the timeless questions about origins, purpose and destiny.  

Ancient civilisations looked to the heavens for answers to the great existentialist questions and for direction.  In doing so they would reference and image earthly artefacts and create rituals to connect them to a higher order. Christianity uses the wooden cross as a potent symbol; the pharaohs built pyramids; and the Indigenous peoples of the Australian desert painted on rock walls and connect by ceremony to their Dreamtime. All speak of realms apart from everyday concerns with shelter, food, defence. In the natural world, however, close observation of ‘signs’ yields glimpses of how our physical world came to be.

MacDonell is not endeavouring to create icons or to develop a new brand of esoterica. Rather, she layers delicate swathes of silk and collage on a surface, then paints the history of an imagined landscape. Her methodology leads us through the minor moments in the landscape as well as giving us an aerial view, creating a new perspective. MacDonell’s landscape therefore is not site-specific, being sourced in her extensive experience of place, from Antarctica, Africa and Japan and to her homes in the UK and Australia. 

MacDonell is one of Australia’s most exciting young artists, defining a new language to discuss visually our oldest questions.  

 

\ Exhibition featured works

Zoë MacDonell

Crazy Light

2014 \ Acrylic paint, pastel, charcoal, colour pencil on layers of silk and paper \ 148.5 x 126cm

SOLD

Zoë MacDonell

Edge

2014 \ Acrylic paint, pastel, charcoal, colour pencil on layers of silk and paper \ 37 x 29cm

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Zoë MacDonell

Falling Lips

2014 \ Acrylic paint, pastel, charcoal, colour pencil on layers of silk and paper \ 154 x 126cm

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Zoë MacDonell

Licked

2014 \ Acrylic paint, pastel, charcoal, colour pencil on layers of silk and paper \ 154 x 125.5cm

SOLD

Zoë MacDonell

Light of Disguise

2014 \ Acrylic paint, pastel, charcoal, colour pencil on layers of silk and paper \ 139x113cm

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Zoë MacDonell

Liquid Land

2014 \ Acrylic paint, pastel, charcoal, colour pencil on layers of silk and paper \ 154 x 126cm

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Zoë MacDonell

Liquid Light

2014 \ Acrylic paint, pastel, charcoal, colour pencil, on layers of silk and paper \ 153.5 x 126cm

SOLD

Zoë MacDonell

Liquid Shadow

2014 \ Acrylic paint, pastel, charcoal, colour pencil on layers of silk and paper \ 176.5 x 140.5cm

Zoë MacDonell

Sweetest Edge

2014 \ Acrylic paint, pastel, charcoal, colour pencil on layers of silk and paper \ 148.5 x 126cm

SOLD

Zoë MacDonell

Watery Light

2014 \ Acrylic paint, pastel, charcoal, colour pencil on layers of silk and paper \ 154 x 126cm

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Zoë MacDonell

Wild Light

2014 \ Acrylic paint, pastel, charcoal, colour pencil on layers of silk and paper \ 154 x 126cm

SOLD

\ Other exhibitions

Sydney Contemporary Stand D05

Giles Alexander, Dianne Gall, Jonathan Dalton & Stuart McLachlan

13 September — 16 September 2018

Spring Collector Exhibition

Group Exhibition

11 September — 6 October 2018

Laura Matthews

Rivers, Roads and Relics

16 August — 1 September 2018

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12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
9am - 5pm Monday to Friday 11am - 4pm Saturday