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Title

Him or me

2015


Artist

Maria Kontis

Australia

1969 -


About

Maria Kontis collects found photographs to use as source material for her finely wrought pastel drawings. She is interested in the lost memories that are embodied in photography, and the potential for new narratives as the image is cast adrift from its origins, to be re-imagined in drawing.

The photographs are not copied faithfully. Rather, certain elements within them are singled out for emphasis and the scene, as it was originally captured by the camera, is reworked. This drawing is from a series of seven titled ‘Private life’ 2014-16. The drawings were based on photos from anonymous European collections, sourced via the internet, and selected for some elusive quality - formal, psychological or emotional – that seemed to suggest to Kontis the possibility of a kind of ‘drama playing out’.

The drawings in the series share some visual connections – water, summer, sunshine, light, air – yet retain a mysterious diversity that hints and teases. While narrative is suggested, it is elusive and subjective, much as the memories Kontis seeks to capture - memories that remain incomplete, their detail inevitably lost in the passage of time.


Details


Date

2015


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pastel on paper


Dimensions

56.5 x 76.0 cm sheet


Credit

Dobell Biennial Acquisition Fund 2016


Location

Not on display


Accession number

381.2016


Artist information

Maria Kontis

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Close to home: Dobell Australian drawing biennial 2016, Essay "Maria Kontis", pg. 31-32, Sydney, 2016, pg. 31-32 , 34 (col. illus.), 67, 76.