Exploring both her memories and her response to the local area of Fiona Lowry will be work from her time as an artist in residence at the Tweed Art Gallery in 2017. The exhibition called There is a place in the heart that will never be filled It is inspired by local landscape and runs from 16 March to 29 July in the Friends Gallery at the Tweed Regional Gallery.
Fiona is a Sydney based painter, who was an artist in residence at the Tweed Regional Gallery in 2017.
Ms Lowry says ‘My work often explores my own memories of place as well as the history of place.’ Paintings this exhibition includes are responses to places such as the Bangalow palms on the road to Wollumbin and the mangroves that look out to Ukerebagh Island.
While her subject matter is recognisable in form, aspects of her rendering are unexpected.
A tangled web of mangroves is airbrushed, on a large-scale, in pinks and soft lilacs. The soft- edged haziness is disconcerting as we are given no focal point, no way in, nowhere to settle.
‘The tangled form of the mangroves, their shadow and their reflection are beautiful but also complex and difficult to navigate,’ Ms Lowry said.
Other cultural references in Lowry’s work include songs and poetry. The exhibition title There is a place in the heart that will never be filled comes from Charles Bukowski’s poem No help for that as do titles for some of the paintings in the exhibition such as We will know it more than ever and We will wait and wait. The poem and the exhibition share an ache, a yearning for something that will never be fulfilled.
That place in the heart that will never be filled is palpable and Lowry’s expression, through airbrushing, results in works that resonate with something of that space and while it is universal it is just beyond our reach – like a distance memory, a hazy dream.
There will be a free associated event Art in the Pub: In conversation with Fiona Lowry on Monday 18 June at 6.00 pm at The Courthouse Hotel, Burringbar Street, Mullumbimby. No bookings are required for this event.
The Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio program is generously funded by Mr Tim Fairfax AC.