Solo Exhibition by Claire Bridge


 

Future Memory

Claire Bridge 

August 4th - 22nd

Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne 


 

 

 

 Claire Bridge, The Crossing, 2015, oil in linen, 152.5 x 152.5 cm

 

"Every act of perception is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination." Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia: La musique, le cerveau et nous, 2007.

Claire Bridge has always masterfully executed the models who have graced her canvases. Painstakingly she has elevated them with a skillset likened to Master painters of old, rendering reclining nudes and subjects gazing wistfully into a star-spattered sky. Yet with her latest body of work she has consciously relaxed her hand, allowed her paintbrush to lay lightly within her fingertips and instead of depicting the life model before her with an acute analytic gaze, she has allowed her mind to wander. Her strokes are broader, her application painterly and more loosely flowing. It is here where Bridge has allowed us to explore a unique intimacy with the artist and her model that cannot be found within taut lines and the marks of a conscious brush.

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