• Why didn't you tell them
    Why didn't you tell them
    acrylic ink on French polyester 51 x 61 cm $2,500
  • Pale Residence
    Pale Residence
    acrylic ink on French polyester 92 x 72 cm $3,900
  • Safe Inside
    Safe Inside
    acrylic ink on French polyester 92 x 72 cm $3,900
  • No one will ever find out
    No one will ever find out
    acrylic ink on French polyester 61 x 51 cm $2,500
  • Lilac Tomb
    Lilac Tomb
    acrylic ink on French polyester 61 x 51 cm $2,500
  • Nightmare
    Nightmare
    acrylic ink on French polyester 51 x 61 cm $2,500
  • Ambition
    Ambition
    acrylic ink on French polyester 51 x 61 cm $2,500
  • Secrets of Tomorrow
    Secrets of Tomorrow
    acrylic ink on French polyester 51 x 61 cm $2,500
  • Its Still Here
    Its Still Here
    acrylic ink on French polyester 51 x 61 cm $2,500
  • Sick Heart
    Sick Heart
    acrylic ink on French polyester 51 x 61 cm $2,500
  • Come Inside
    Come Inside
    acrylic ink on French polyester51 x 61 cm $2,500
  • Paradise
    Paradise
    acrylic ink on French polyester 51 x 61 cm $2,500
  • Green Creeps
    Green Creeps
    acrylic ink on French polyester 51 x 61 cm $2,500
  • Quiet Neighbourhood
    Quiet Neighbourhood
    acrylic ink on French polyester 61 x 51 cm $2,500
  • Ghostly Foundations
    Ghostly Foundations
    acrylic ink on French polyester 61 x 51 cm $2,500
  • Passing By
    Passing By
    acrylic ink on French polyester 51 x 61 cm $2,500
  • Looming Spirits
    Looming Spirits
    acrylic ink on French polyester 51 x 61 cm $2,500
  • Grey Ghosts
    Grey Ghosts
    acrylic ink on French polyester 35 x 30 cm $1,200
  • Green Island
    Green Island
    acrylic ink on French polyester 30 x 25.5 cm $1,200
  • Blue Days 2011
    Blue Days 2011
    ink on canvas 25 x 31cm
  • Thin Air 2011
    Thin Air 2011
    ink on canvas 21 x 25cm
  • Lilac Mountains 2009
    Lilac Mountains 2009
    ink on canvas 21 x 25cm
  • There's No Place Like Home II (Sought-After Real Estate) 2009
    There's No Place Like Home II (Sought-After Real Estate) 2009
    ink on board 15 x 15 cm
  • Prime Real Estate 2009
    Prime Real Estate 2009
    ink on board 17 x 12 cm
Amelia Disspain

These paintings and drawings explore the potential for spookiness and uneasiness that exists within the everyday in common dwellings and houses.  The ability for the Other to exist in the ordinary through fantasy, hauntings, memory and dreams, sometimes recalled from my own memories and relationship to similar urban houses, are represented in these works. With thin layers of ink and oil wash built up on canvas or smooth board, I aim to create an awkward tension between the ambiguous and clear.  The image takes on clarity with engagement, and an object of nostalgia alludes to something present that is perhaps dark and sinister.  The use of colour, small scale and subtle tones draws the viewer, similar to an open door in a neighbourhood house, inviting and homely, which is then undermined on further engagement; perspective is altered, dwellings loom, details such as windows and doors appear to dominate in detail, holding the observer at bay.  The “window on the world” is intended in my work more as a reflection, as a window on a rainy day that reflects as much detail from inside, as it reveals beyond. I recall imagery from memory, which then prompts me to seek houses and more images for the source of my painting and drawing.  Often it comes from my own photographic documentation of homes in small rural towns and taken whilst on urban walks.  Imagery and inspiration is also found in horror films, archival documentation, old postcards, and all forms of printed matter where photographs of houses are included.  This form is becoming increasingly important for me as an exterior story can be discovered, which affects the outcomes.  In transforming and altering the original through my painting, I aim to change the context, where, for example, an ominous house from a Hitchcock film is altered, and a beautiful, contemplative image is created, yet within the shadows, layering and composition, something of that source hopefully remains.

BORN
1980
 Queenlsand
EDUCATION
2002 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons), National Art School, Sydney
PRIZES
2011
 Finalist, Paddington Art Prize
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2004 Forth Floor Gallery, Amelia Disspain
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2009
 Chalk Horse Gallery, Sydney NSW
2007 Gosford Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Emerging
2006 Mary Place Gallery, Sydney NSW
2003 Australian Galleries Works on Paper, Sydney NSW

http://mickthegallery.com/assets/CV-Amelia-Disspain.pdf

Australian Art Review | September 2012
Daily Imprint | October 2012

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