14 August – 31 August 2013: Thalia Robertson – Transience


Gallery 3

‘It is better to live in a state of impermanence than in one of finality.’

Gaston Bachelard, 1958

Informed by the philosophical theories of Gaston Bachelard, expressed in his seminal work The Poetics of Space, Robertson’s paintings are concerned with the lived experience of architectural spaces and the idealistic desire for perfect surroundings that drives the creation of new and improved environments.

The concepts of vastness and immensity are also central to Robertson’s work and she engages with the notions of timelessness and transcendence, evoking a sense of tension as the everyday is contrasted with the sublime. Whilst employing the traditional genres of portraiture and still life, Robertson has described her work as having a ‘baroque sensibility,’ referring to the opacity of her painterly style and the sense of grandeur.

Robertson’s artistic practice spans over twenty years. Most recently she has completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with honours at RMIT in 2012. She also holds a Bachelor of Visual Art from Curtin University, WA. Having been included in numerous group shows across Australia, this will be Robertson’s second solo exhibition.