This Friday sees the opening of the Northern Illawarra’s newest art exhibition.
Archibald Finalist India Mark presents ‘Domestica’ at Thirroul’s Egg and Dart from 6pm Friday April 28 through until May 20.
India is completing her Masters at the National Art School and says her portrait of Shining Bird musician Dane Taylor being hung at the 2016 Archibald’s gave her a pretty amazing sense of validation.
“I was rejected the year before so I wanted to keep on trying,” says India. “I certainly wasn’t expecting it, so when I received the email it was a lovely surprise!”
India says being recognised on a National level has certainly increased her confidence, and while her style is evolving, her subject matter remains the same.
“This exhibition features several works from a genre called ‘Tronies’, she says. “It’s an old style from 17th Century Netherlands which is not so much a portrait as an emotional study. Probably the most famous ‘tronies’ are the Mona Lisa and The Girl With A Pearl Earring. They look like portraits but they are not known to the audience and their real identity is not relevant. ”
‘Domestica’ also features a series of delicate paintings of tea cups. “These works pay homage to Italian still life painter Giorgio Morandi,” says India. “He did a series of works of cups, bottles and vessels, where he painted them over and over again. I worked the same way to mimic his style. It symbolises our relationship with mundane objects.”
India has been awarded the Foundation for Visual Arts Scholarship from the ANU School of Art. Two of her works are included in the archival collection of the National Art School.
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