11 November – 28 November 2009: Rebecca Power – We Don’t Suffer Fools Gladly

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Melbourne-based artist Rebecca Power has been exploring the dark side of ‘fairtyale macabre’ for some years now. This new series of ink and watercolour paintings expands upon her previous exhibitions to address issues of power, sexuality and control. As Rebecca notes,’We don’t suffer fools gladly’, is a saying that only those in places of authority and power have the luxury of saying.  I aim to tackle feminist issues by portraying girls, who are most often depicted as innocent and vulnerable, with an essence of power and authority that affords them to say such a thing.’

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These intensely evocative portraits  encapsulate the tension between vulnerability and strength, silence and subordination. Careful attention has been paid to certain features, such as the eyes or hands, while the expressive appearance of painterly drips and bleeds foregrounds the visceral tactility of the materials. For this exhibition, Rebecca has also created a special site-specific mural painted directly onto the gallery wall that provides context for her works and reinforces their meanings.

Born in Melbourne in 1979, Rebecca completed her Bachelor of Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts. Since then she has participated in several group shows and three solo exhibitions. Her work can be found in private collections in Britain, Europe and Australia as well as online.