Kaye Donachie “There might be someone else inside you, said the Mirror, beside you.”
[Image: Kaye Donachie "The Adored" 2019]
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In her first solo exhibition in Japan, Kaye Donachie presents new paintings that intertwine reality and fiction to re-imagine radical women who have left a profound influence on art and culture in the 20th century. Gentle, demure colors of gray, blue, and green tones, and a hazy soft focus appear as distinct features of Donachie’s paintings. Drawing from an interest in historical counterculture, the works render individuals that are conjured up from characters in history or literature to merge fact and fiction. For the artist, the protagonists exist in the moment where the tangible realm coalesces with the hypothetical. Images unravel imagined narratives which are aroused to the present in the form of re-conceptualization The title of the exhibition is taken from a haiku poem by American artist and poet James Broughton and suggest that the works on show evoke a contradiction that alludes to an “other” dimension, one where a dreamlike imagination merges. The spectral figures are caught in poetic and abstract moments and take inspiration from modernist revolutionary women such as Iris Tree, Emmy Hennings and Lee Miller. These women were muses, artists, writers, poets, actresses and activists and played a courageous and unconventional role in the cultural society of the last century. These re-imagined characters are caught in distraction, gazing in contemplative daydream, in a moment where unconscious images merge with reality. The poetic narrative evokes different time frames, redeeming images from past and present, dissolving the perception of the space and time in which stories are set.
from October 19, 2019 to December 07, 2019