Shonah Trescott "Drawn into the Light"
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Trescott was born in Australia in 1982, and received a bachelor of fine arts with a major in painting from National Art School, Sydney. She now lives and works in Berlin. In the 2010 exhibition "Mankind, Nature, Myth", her first solo show in Japan, the artist gained attention for the paintings which represent the primordial relationships between human beings and their natural surroundings.
In May of this year, Trescott spent about one month as an artist-in-residence in Ny-Alesund, located on the coast of the Norway’s Svalbard islands in the Arctic, at 79 degrees North latitude. The Arctic wilderness is rich in natural resources, and Ny-Alesund once prospered as a coal mining town. At present, the place is run as an international base for scientific research for ten countries: Norway, Germany, France, Japan and others have their research bases in this village to engage in the studies on the environmental science with the specific subjects such as ozone depletion and the earth's atmosphere.
Through living with the community and the scientists, Trescott has deepen her consideration of the accelerating global warming in the Arctic. At the same time, the overwhelming nature, history and the coal mining period of Ny-Alesund have fascinated the artist. In the landscapes or hidden myths and stories represented through Trescott’s own observations, abstraction and figuration coexist together, sometimes maintaining their differences and other times merging with each other. What the artist pursues is to address painting as a medium to engage in the nature of appearance and the capacities of vision between narrative and abstraction.
In this exhibition, paintings, photographs and silkscreen prints derived from the artist's living experience in the Arctic will be exhibited.
[Image: Shonah Trescott, "79 degrees North 1" (2012) Oil on canvas 30x40cm, Courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin and ANDO GALLERY]
From 2012-09-11 To 2012-12-08
Opening Reception on 2012-09-11 from 18:00 to 20:00