Presented by Arts House
Fri 11 Feb – Sun 12 Jun, 2022
Mon – Fri, 11am – 4pm
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
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Be swept up by this large scale installation rendered in striking colour and an irresistible style.
An imaginary collective of bodies made up of countless feet and hands will draw you into a dizzy dance that will lift your heels from the ground.
Rafaella McDonald’s expansive installation Crowd Stance uses bold colour, intuitive mark making and abstracted, cartoon-like outlines of the body in various moments of action. These individual snapshots playing within and against the whole, playfully mimicking the exchanges of energy and thought that occur when people gather.
Evoking a sense of the epic and the intimate, the work explores the ways people experience themselves both within and distinct from the crowd.
Crowd Stance is free and will take over Arts House’s foyer for six months – it’ll be hard to miss it.
With site responsive works such as Crowd Stance, I look at movement, bodies and the nature of work in the area, historical or otherwise, to replicate processes and bodily shapes through mark making. In my practice I work playfully across traditional and non-traditional materials such as paint, resin, ceramic, sugar, natural dye pigments and commercial dye pigments, working with the idea that materials and matter have their own agencies. There is a material tussle in painting, where you play with loss of control. This also can manifest in public or in a crowd dancing, where you become a part of a larger sum of people. This sense of being consumed or within something that is the sum of its parts is explored in this work.
About the Artist
Image credit: Rafaella McDonald
Image description: A series of vibrant and colourful markings and shapes in green, red, pink, purple, yellow and white that may suggest people and movement.