Robyn Sweaney: The summer that was

Robyn Sweaney has a new body of work opening at Arthouse Gallery in Sydney next month. The show, The summer that was, will run 26 July – 12 August.

The practice of Robyn Sweaney excavates the complexities of Australian identity and place by responding to the suburban mundane of rural environments. Tightly refined homes and streetscapes function as repositories of identity -  aesthetic incarnations of the belief structures influencing human behaviours on emotional, intellectual and spiritual levels. The Summer that was explores the psychological currency of the artist’s often‐annual pilgrimage to Victoria, where she recently spent the summer reconnecting with the coastal landscape that she grew up in.

Shadows of self , 2017, acrylic on linen, 40 cm x 50cm

Shadows of self, 2017, acrylic on linen, 40 cm x 50cm

Historically, pilgrimage journeys have been taken for spiritual and cultural reasons, and in our contemporary technological era of widening urbanity and prolific digitisation this need to escape is sown in collective consciousness.

"Even though a pilgrimage is usually voluntary, there can be also a strong urge or desire that feels involuntary," says the artist. "This deep motivation could be the need to externalise feelings that give meaning and structure to our lives."

Robyn Sweaney: The summer that was

26 July – 12 August 2017
Arthouse Gallery

66 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay NSW 2011
Phone: 02 9332 1019