Marisa Purcell: Collision - Art Collector

Marisa Purcell, ‘Directionless’, 2018. Mixed media on linen, 183 x 168cm. Courtesy: the artist and Olsen Gallery, Sydney.
  Olsen Gallery presents new works by Marisa Purcell.

The artist says: “For me, abstract painting is a kind of non-verbal language. Words not only interrupt the process, they can get me lost amongst the warrens of the mind. When the conditions are right, fields of imagery arise that emanate not from the seen world but from a realm at the end of the imagination. Like a dream, they can disappear into the world of the unconscious before there has been a chance to capture them.

Painting can sometimes drive me crazy. It can be allusive and untamable. Even when you know what you are looking for, something will happen - a perfect awkward fragility that insists on changing the direction. And you have to go with it.

The main appeal is the not-knowing… it leaves an open door to a reality that is usually invisible. These rare moments of ‘not-mind’ open up unchartered territories, new pathways are forged, serendipitous marks fall into place.

For all this to happen though, the collisions, the contradictions and the destructions need to be welcomed. They are all necessary conditions in order to attain those elusive moments of clarity.”

Exhibition opens: 6–8pm Wednesday 29 August 2018
Exhibition closes: 16 September 2018
Location: Olsen Gallery, 63 Jersey Rd, Woollahra NSW
Phone: +61 2 9327 3922


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