Home-Scapes II is a portrait of
Mary Elizabeth O’Byrne, the artist’s godmother
– an ordinary and extraordinary woman,
a contemporary and intimate friend
of Pridmore’s mother.
Inspired by Virgina Woolf’s To The Lighthouse (for the artist Mary Pridmore, Mary O’Byrne was another Mrs Ramsay), and Edouard Vuilard’s suggestive, patterned interiors, these cigar-box-sized gouaches build a (loving) homage to Mary O’Byrne’s life.
Memory and reality are fused, the images reflect on the eccentric and homely interior of the red-brick suburban house in Launceston where she lived her last 20 years. They evoke, too, the wild, overgrown garden beyond and the mountains in the distance. Some contain figures, but most depict empty spaces (scenes of a vanished (much loved) life).
Monday 7 – Wednesday 30 August 2017
9:00am – 5:00pm weekdays / 10:00am – 3:00pm Saturdays / 10:00am – 5:00pm Sundays
Wednesday 9 August 2017 @ 6:00pm
Exhibition to be opened by Margaret Reynolds, former Australian Labor Party Senator
Saturday 12 August 2017 @ 11:00am
Mary Pridmore. Morning Papers I. 18 cm x 13 cm, gouache on mdf
Mary Pridmore. Interior 11. 30cm x 10 cm, gouache on mdf