Mirra Whaleis a Sydney based artist whose artworks explore the formal and conceptual limits of the genre of still life.
Groups of everyday objects take on human characteristics in Whale’s latest exhibition ‘Orange Blue’.The focus is on the placement of these objects and their relationship with both each other and with shadow and light.
‘Jars, vinegar bottles, milk containers and plant cuttings have been stripped of any identifying labels or stickers and yet are immediately recognisable’, say Whale.
The artworks in this exhibition have been pared back to muted tones and simple compositions of conventional, mundane objects.
The shadows that they caste resemble city skylines or contorted, prehistoric landscapes. Orange hues give the illusion of brilliant sunsets and dramatic weather events, until you realise that they are colours on a tablecloth with the detritus of some long-finished meal or human gathering.
These works are an exploration of colour and composition, approaching the subject matter in a playful, tongue in cheek manner.