16 August – 3 September 2005: Lea Ward

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With the advent of hard rubbish removal, the act of lining Australian streets with old appliances and white goods has become a ritualistic celebration.   Piling that grassy verge of ‘no mans land’ with washing machines, old mowers, fridges, stoves and other household wares is now a rite of passage for suburban inhabitants.  For a short period of time these bulky shapes become part of the colonized landscape.

Mowers is a voyeuristic stare at what we dump, push, heave and shove out onto the street once a year.  In with the new and out with the old.  Lea Ward’s large scale oil paintings deconstruct this consumerist concept.  Each painting explores the surface of this urban detritus. 

This macabre concept is depicted as anything but, as lurid pink pastels expose these hard rubbish icons. Ward extrudes their fundamental shapes and contours, concentrating them into thick textures and bold bright colours.  

Ward’s discarded appliances assume a new role as they are transformed through the exploration of line and shape.  The gallery hums to the sound of The Pink Victor. 

Lea Ward is a Melbourne based artist who graduated from the VCA in 2002 and has participated in a number of group exhibitions.  This is her first solo exhibition.