"Contain" by Monica Rohan will be among works in her exhibition In the Detail, now on display at the Tweed Regional Gallery. contributed

Finer details inspire artist

THE finer details of life are on show in the Tweed Regional Gallery exhibition In the Detail, a solo exhibition by Brisbane-based artist Monica Rohan.

Ms Rohan began working on the pieces for the exhibition last year when she spent a month at the gallery's Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence studio.

During that time Ms Rohan examined the rhythm and detail of her surroundings.

"I explored items that resonated with my engagement in the surrounding landscape and initially used watercolour as an immediate method to isolate elements of detail," she said.

"These were further developed as oil paintings, parallels between the colour and pattern of both the natural environment and formal designs.

"I also spent time selecting patterned objects from the collection of domestic items from the Margaret Olley Estate."

Gallery director Susi Muddiman said Ms Rohan explored issues of subjectivity by portraying herself in a struggle against overwhelming surroundings.

"Patterns and colours swallow, obscure, reveal and bind depictions of the artist's self and on closer inspection and further contemplation, Rohan's undeniably beautiful compositions reveal an uneasy retreat from the outside world," Ms Muddiman said.

"Process and meaning are inextricably linked as her meditative and obsessive focus on pattern and detail redirects her own anxious tension into creative expression."

The artist's residency was funded by philanthropist Tim Fairfax.

In the Detail will be on display at the Tweed Regional Gallery, Mistral Rd until Sunday, October4.

Key dates:

Exhibition launch: Friday, June 19, 6pm.

Art in the pub: Monday, August 17, 6pm at the Courthouse Hotel, Burringbar St, Mullumbimby.

Workshop for tertiary visual art students: Tuesday, August18, from 10am-4pm at Tweed Regional Gallery. Cost $35 per person. Phone (02)66702790.

Artist talk: Sunday, September 27, 11am at the gallery.

More details: www.artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au.



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