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.
oil on linen
86.5 x 71.5 cm stretcher; 88.5 x 73.0 x 5.3 cm cm frame
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Anonymous gift 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Not on display
© Noel McKenna. Licensed by Copyright Agency
Shown in 1 exhibition
Rimbaud / Rambo, Neon Parc, Melbourne, 23 Sep 2008–17 Oct 2008