Sussi Ross’ new series of drawings and oils on linen are inspired by her recent investigations into the crossovers between still-life and portraiture. Natura Morta presents an unadorned exploration of an hermetic space consisting of personal objects and people, with a fascination for the atmosphere that can be created by shifts in light and colour.
Ross’ meticulous line-work and elegantly sparse compositions are designed to emphasise sensations of longing, drawing attention to the role of ‘presence’ within each image. Ross has confessed that she is ‘fascinated by notions of presence and absence. Just as I have explored the expressions of absence in portraiture, I am interested in the atmosphere of absence in the uninhabited world of the still life.’
Sussi Ross is a Melbourne-based visual artist. She has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions including at Seventh Gallery, Trocadero Artspace and Chapman and Bailey, and her works are included in numerous collections. This is her second solo exhibition at red gallery.