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FIONA WHITE
The Red Box

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Self taught Sydney-based figurative artist Fiona White’s exhibition "The Red Box" continues to invite us into the personal lives of her characters through faces and stories manifested in the everyday.

Expanding from traditional portraiture, each of the characters cartoon-like representations hold a deeply profound human element. Their immersive stares look out with laden emotion and offer only a glimpse into their worlds. However, this glimpse unexpectedly speaks volumes.

 

 

As White's distinctive faces occupy the foreground they are surrounded by familiar settings from landscapes to suburban streets - the two elements merging to foster stories and comment on the human condition. The interaction of these characters with various objects and each other shows fragments of a far-reaching story allowing room for personal connections to develop. We are presented with figures that could be viewed as flying or falling - man and women both look unnerved caught in an almost dreamlike occurrence. Others focus on more intimate dealings, some frightening others uplifting, but each unique to those represented.

 

Red Box not only offers an orchestrated dramatic narrative exploring a plethora of hardships and inhumanity encountered by man. Her works are both challenging and moving in their disposition, White’s stories will evoke and impel empathetic responses and enliven emotions.

White's curious style of painting reflects the unconventional nature of her practice. The appropriation of mixed media means her work is never static and the intensity of the paintings clasps both visible layers and deeper allusions. She photographs people whose faces she encounters in the street, locally and during her travels, and approaches them to inquire about their life in order to relate to them on a personal level before painting them. "She says she paints people , "...whose faces are full of emotions and can be bought to life."

 

 

 

For further information, please email ng@ngart.com.au

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