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Title

Milk

2008


Artist

Moya McKenna

Australia, England

1973 -


About

Moya McKenna's paintings bring a gestural sensibility to the realist tradition of still life. McKenna works from tableaus, which she constructs in her studio using materials immediately at hand. Her earlier compositions pursued a relatively literal mode of translation from sculptural assemblage to painted image. However, this process quickly gave way to a more organic and imaginative response to her sources, as can be seen in 'Milk'. Here, figure and ground are difficult to distinguish, and identifiable subjects - including a pot plant and model elephants - jostle with more ambiguous forms. The work's sense of energy is derived in part from McKenna's wet-on-wet technique: works are completed at pace, without allowing one layer of paint to dry before beginning the next.


Details


Date

2008


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on linen


Dimensions

86.5 x 71.5 cm stretcher; 88.5 x 73.0 x 5.3 cm cm frame


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Anonymous gift 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

131.2018


Artist information

Moya McKenna

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history