Sharon Monagle

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Acrylic Paint on canvas, ready to hang.

Signed on the back.

This very large work is part of my Falling Women series. These paintings were completed during my Artist Residence at Chateau d'Orquevaux in France. The series explores the way women fall: both in terms of societal expectation of women but also more simply, reflecting our use of the word "Falling" or "fallen."

By way of example we commonly use phrases such as "fallen pregnant, falling out, falling foul, falling down" and so on.

Falling: Behind is a figurative work which draws on the classic female nude form, modernised by abstraction and the use of bright colours. This (and others in this series) was inspired by many museum and gallery visits throughout Europe and by my reading of poetry and other literature.

The use of vibrant colour in this work is a departure from my usual practice and reflects a period of personal growth and change. Colour reflects both my own interior world but is also a powerful way to speak to the viewer.

The prominent shapely female form, with it's posterior (or behind) to the viewer, is a playful take on the word behind. Of course in common usage, the term "falling behind" infers that one is not keeping up, one is perhaps failing. Even in this port-modernist world, statistics tell us (and many women feel acutely) that we are behind. But are we really falling, or are we kept behind?

The woman has her hand to her forehead in a gesture of angst or concern. The markings on the canvas reflect the wall papered texture of my studio wall in Orquevaux. I LOVE this!

This work is gallery wrapped and ready to hangIt will be exhibited at my Falling Women exhibition at Mulbury Gallery in Highett from 8-20 Feb 2019 and will be available again for sale after that time.


Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas

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