Flipping the Slip 2013

I have my new show opening next week!

Exhibition: 6 – 30 November 2013

Opening: Wednesday 6 November 6 – 8 pm

The new work presented in Flipping the Slip is at once a continuation of Wallis’ loose-feeling landscape painting
and also a subtle move into different terrain. Wallis remains concerned with the nature and process of painting
but explores the compositions’ loose geometric forms, abstracted and their cut off extremities. There is a sense
of floating and the continual lyrical movement present in her works merges with her ever-present concern for
colour as she further dissects the works into more abstraction than we have previously seen.
The title, Flipping the Slip stems from a number of restrictions placed on her recent practice: a limited painting
palette, a loose desire to paint landscapes upside down, a compulsion to paint works out-doors and the treatment
of the canvas like a drawing – by not excessively reworking the surface. Her canvases have always been
continually flipped within her painting process but this is even more evident in the new work. Some landscapes
have even become flipped with hints of clouds upside-down. Some works reference other painters directly as a
nod to their imagery, yet Wallis assimilates the references into her own artistic language.
Wallis was born in New Zealand in 1978, has spent recent years living in Melbourne before relocating to Bangalow,
in the Northern NSW, where she currently resides and works. She completed a BA in Visual Photomedia from
the ANU School of Art, ACT (formerly the Canberra School of Art), during which she undertook an exchange
at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Canada, and holds a Master of Visual Arts from the Victorian
College of the Arts, Melbourne. In 2008 she won the prestigious Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, after
which she worked from studios at ISCP, New York, Redbird Studios, Montreal and the Cité Internationale des
Arts, Paris.
In 2012, Wallis was the cover feature of Australian Art Collector, an 8-page article, ‘Psychoactive Painting’ by
Carrie Miller, and was also profiled by Artist Profile for the magazine’s Melbourne Art Fair issue. She has had
frequent solo exhibitions with Utopian Slumps in Melbourne and in September/October 2013, Wallis’ work
was featured in The Feminine Optic: Perspectives on the Landscape at Tamworth Regional Gallery, curated
by Andrew Frost. The artist’s work is held in the Artbank and Arthur Roe Collections as well as various private
collections in Australia and internationally.

 

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