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Hilarie Mais

England, Australia

17 Jan 1952 –

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Media categories
    Painting , Sculpture
    Materials used
    oil on wood
    210.0 x 210.0 x 4.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed u.r. verso, black fibre-tipped pen "Hilarie Mais". Dated u.l. verso, black fibre-tipped pen "... 2010".

    Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2013
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Hilarie Mais

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    Artist information
    Hilarie Mais

    Works in the collection


  • About

    'RES' 2010 constitutes Hilarie Mais' current search and discovery for new modes of 'abstract visualisation' with and from within the grid, as defined by 'formational principles of natural occurrence' (Wright, 2012). Mais has been critically engaged with this archetype since her Sydney Biennale installation 'Doors, thoughts: the maze' 1986, explaining that 'It is such a loaded historical structure, a modernist and ancient form, a layered icon. As with the spiral it has historical and cultural associations'.

    The sculpture/painting has been irregularly assembled from varying lengths of interlocking vertical and horizontal wooden sticks, contained neither by frame or border. Mais has then hand-painted a scheme of interlinking pure red squares that are at once a description and outcome of its 'growth system' i.e. the decisions and steps made during the construction of the form. 'RES' is what the artist classifies an 'Indentifying structure'- viewed from a distance we instinctively experience Gestalt as the eye registers space and volume, the mind perceiving a unified network of cubes inside this shallow relief.

    In Latin the title 'res' translates to a nonspecific 'thing' or 'occurrence'; appropriate considering how the artwork has generated organically from somewhere within itself.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

    • Hilarie Mais, John Buckley Gallery, Richmond, 18 Aug 2011–11 Sep 2011

    • Triptych: Mais, Mais Wright, Wright, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, 29 Sep 2011–06 Nov 2013

    • Hilarie Mais: identifying structures, William Wright/ Artists, East Sydney, 11 Oct 2012–03 Nov 2012

    • Forcefields, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 28 Feb 2014–14 Sep 2014

    • Hilarie Mais, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 24 Aug 2017–19 Nov 2017

      Hilarie Mais, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, 24 Feb 2018–29 Apr 2018

      Hilarie Mais, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, 07 Jun 2018–29 Jul 2018

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

Other works by Hilarie Mais

See all 6 works