Susan Wald at fortyfivedownstairs
Jul 19 12:00 pm–Jul 30 6:00 pm
Exhibition dates: Jul 19 – Jul 30, 2022
Official opening: Jul 19, 2022 from 6pm – 8pm
Location: QG at fortyfivedownstairs 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Hours: Tue & Fr 12 – 8pm / Wed – Thur 12 – 6pm / Sat 12 – 4pm
Those familiar with Mungo will know that it is a place of discovery. Home to the oldest skeleton ever found in Australia, it is also a place of history and transformation, a national park infused with the beauty and pain of Australia’s first people and their stories. It is both a burial site and museum, a natural wonder and record of a moment in time that we look to to make sense of our time.
Named after this sacred piece of land, Susan Wald’s latest body of work records her personal feelings and responses to Mungo. Her monochromatic monotypes, sometimes coloured with ochres, browns and mauves, along with her paintings, are monumental in presence – the low vantage point from which Wald paints and prints making Mungo’s Mars-like terrain of rocks and boulders seem larger than life itself. Somehow, with just a plate and some ink, with just a palette of paint, Wald both captures the historical gravitas of a place that marks the beginning of the Australian landscape and its people whilst also foreshadowing its dry, desolate and barren end.
As Christopher Heathcote notes, “there is no way to discuss [Susan Wald’s paintings and drawings] without confronting a genuine psychological weight.”
SUSAN WALD is a Melbourne based painter and printmaker whose work, in her words, “tries to express something of the quality and subtlety of what it feels like to be human.” She has exhibited locally and overseas at major commercial and private galleries including Gippsland Art Gallery and Geelong Gallery. Wald’s work has also featured in numerous theatrical collaborations. Her current exhibition, Mungo, will be presented by Queenscliff Gallery at 45 Downstairs.