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Title

Milk

2008

Artist

Moya McKenna

Australia, England

1973 -

Alternate image of Milk by Moya McKenna
Alternate image of Milk by Moya McKenna
Alternate image of Milk by Moya McKenna
Alternate image of Milk by Moya McKenna
Alternate image of Milk by Moya McKenna
Alternate image of Milk by Moya McKenna
Alternate image of Milk by Moya McKenna
Alternate image of Milk by Moya McKenna
Alternate image of Milk by Moya McKenna
Alternate image of Milk by Moya McKenna
  • 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
    Copyright
    © Noel McKenna. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition