Anne Wallace was born in Brisbane in 1970. She studied painting at the Queensland University of Technology from 1988 to 1990. With the assistance of an Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Art Scholarship, she studied for a Master of Arts at the Slade School in London from late 1994 to mid 1996. In 1999 she spent half the year in Paris, staying at the University of Sydney’s Power Studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts. She resides in Melbourne and is represented by Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art, Melbourne and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney.
Sylvia Plath once told a young art student, on hearing that he made “abstracts”, that she loved the “thingness of things” and could not dispense with the physical objects of the world in her work even when they stood for intangible ideas, states, relationships, memories.
If you wish to communicate with some unknown other, some viewer who is not yourself, through the medium of representational painting, it is a fine balancing act between saying too much and saying nothing at all. The thingness of things is indispensable if you want to make something beautiful out of something ugly, to make palatable a fact of the world that you might be compelled to record but which is hard to digest in its raw form.
I find writing an all-encompassing statement to be difficult, in fact, destructive; but I also do not wish to be irritatingly obtuse, and would like to point out that the paintings do all have individual meanings, which I am happy to elaborate should anyone care to ask.
Visit Wallace’s website for more information including an extensive interview with the artist in conversation with Sean Sennett.