Megan Walch: Materia Prima: A Soft Guide to the Apocalypse - Art Collector

  Megan Walch, The Rough Guide: Glossary, 2014-2015. Oil and enamel on composite panel, 130 x 130cm. Courtesy: the artist and Bett Gallery.

Materia prima – ‘first matter’- is the inchoate substance required for alchemy, a material to be transformed. Akin to chaos or dark matter, the nastier, stickier and more base this material is, the better. My materia prima is the medium of paint; metamorphosis occurs through the plasticity of the medium.
These works use viscous pigment to record a play of energies in continuous interaction. Shapes coalesce, congeal and disperse to depict vectors of vitality rather than vistas. This is no longer the logic of mimesis, it is the lateral momentum of latency - of the potential to invent forms. These paintings might serve as alternative maps for worlds in flux that assert our connection to the physicality of substances and to the world around us.

Exhibition opens: 6-8pm Friday 13 March 2015
Exhibition closes: 6 April 2015
Location: Bett Gallery, 369 Elizabeth Street North Hobart TAS 7000
Contact: 03 6231 6511
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