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give me shelter

18 February, 2020 - 29 February, 2020

18 – 29 February 2020

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

…the environment is screaming for us to take notice.

Paula McLoughlin, can you see me, 2019, screen print, 76cm x 112cm

Paula McLoughlin, do you even know I am here, 2019, screen print

We cannot see the wood for the trees. We build abstracted layers to shield us from the view of the damage we are doing to the environment around us.  Do we notice what is around us or is our appreciation of our natural environment only piqued when there is disaster?

give me shelter is an exhibition of screenprints based on the images of scapes that were noticed, and interesting enough that picture was taken – without people in it.

In that moment the environment was captivating enough for the person with a phone or digital camera to take a picture and not make themselves or anyone else the centre of that landscape.

We take the picture, create a memory and move on.  In the real world we have a nostalgic sense of ourselves within that environment.  The changes that occur to that captured scape is out of sight and mind, and missed.  But the environment is screaming for us to take notice.

These images weren’t taken specifically for this exhibition. When artist Paula McLoughlin spoke about her intentions for this exhibition, some were offered up, and some come from her own pictorial history.

They started as personal pictures that marked points in time with places and with that in mind, McLoughlin wanted to draw a focus to the separation that we as humans create with our environment.

By deconstructing the images, distorting the focus and putting in visual barriers, McLoughlin wanted to extend a sense of the separation created and confuse the point of focus.  Can you see what is behind the visual barrier or only focus on the barrier? The titles are familial calls to attention – it’s not about sudden immersion but having sustained contact.

Paula McLoughlin is a Melbourne based artist who explores ‘traditional’ and contemporary printmaking techniques and materials in her practice using lithography, etching, screenprinting and digital techniques.  Her practice has included the production of editioned prints as well as installation works.

Her work has developed over the years exploring the themes of human connection and interactions, landscape and belonging.

She studied Printmaking in Melbourne at the Victoria College and RMIT, obtained a post graduate degree at Edinburgh College of Art and a Masters from Sydney College of Art.  Paula spent a period of time working as a printmaker in Scotland, which was a formative experience in consolidating her practice upon her return to Australia.

She has exhibited both here and overseas, with the most recent solo exhibition at Tacit Contemporary Art in 2019 and has been shortlisted for the new CAM Experimental Print Prize as well as the Burnie and Fremantle Print Prize .


18 February, 2020
29 February, 2020
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45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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