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2 March - 20 March

2 – 20 March 2021

hours:
Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 11am to 3pm
admission: Free

…works that initially masquerade as digital prints are subverted from by subtle nuances and imperfections in mark making.

Madeleine Joy Dawes, my sun and moon, burnt to the ground (i’ll kill her), 2020, pen on Somerset cotton rag, 195 x 70.5cm

Madeleine Joy Dawes, my sun and moon, burnt to the ground (i’ll kill her) (detail), 2020, pen on Somerset cotton rag, 195 x 70.5cm

Madeleine Joy Dawes, jon, my beloved (once in a lifetime), 2020, pen on Somerset cotton rag, 195 x 70.5cm

Madeleine Joy Dawes, jon, my beloved (once in a lifetime) (detail), 2020, pen on Somerset cotton rag, 195 x 70.5cm

Madeleine Joy Dawes, jon, my beloved (once in a lifetime) (detail), 2020, pen on Somerset cotton rag, 195 x 70.5cm

Utilizing a system whereby the ruled grid becomes the vessel for a lexicon of hand-drawn symbols, the principal theme in Madeleine Joy Dawes’ work is the utilization of iterative mark making as a temporal site to record measured and psychological time. This emphasis upon time and repetition informs Dawes’ work in a way that allows her to mediate rather than mirror the world; an attempt to coordinate thought and stabilize the disorder of the everyday.

Underpinned by the language, tactility and intimacy of textile-based crafts, works that initially masquerade as digital prints are subverted from by subtle nuances and imperfections in mark making. Dawes considers her practice as something of a solitary durational performance, the completed works acting as the archive, or documentation of the event. As such, the resulting works exist not as a snapshot of time, but as a continual processing and unfolding of.

Through surrendering to this outwardly mechanised appearing process, Dawes is afforded the time to process loss, grief and joy, as is the case with this body of work that responds to the disintegration of a relationship that though laden with good intent, ultimately found its foundations tempestuously built in fear.

Madeleine Joy Dawes is a Melbourne based artist whose practise is primarily focused on durational repetitive drawing. Dawes holds a Bachelor degree with Honours from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, of
which she completed in 2019.

Exhibiting regularly in Melbourne, Dawes’ work has also been included as a finalist in a number of contemporary Australian art prizes, most notably the resurrected Dobell Drawing Prize in 2019. Upon completion of her Honours year, she was awarded an 8 week residency with Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo from her graduating body of work, and has most recently collaborated with Australian fashion label Alpha60.

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Start:
2 March
End:
20 March
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fortyfivedownstairs
Phone:
03 9662 9966
Email:
info@fortyfivedownstairs.com

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Artist
Madeleine Joy Dawes

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fortyfivedownstairs gallery
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Phone:
03 9662 9966
Website:
http://www.fortyfivedownstairs.com/
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