Meghan Byrne Solo Exhibition
Opening night Thursday the 22nd of December
6 - 9pm
AT OUR CORE WE ARE EVERYTHING AND TO THIS EVERYTHING WE RETURN. I WANT TO PAINT THE EVERYTHING!
When you see that a piece of coral is a leaf, is a tree, is your circulatory system and a river course you recognise the dendritic structures that we share and define us. My images aim to show the physical, visceral and corporeal structures that we share so we have a better understanding of who we are.
"SEROTINY is a series of paintings that brings forth the grain of life. Symbolism is at the heart of my biological surrealism in order to show the correlation between us and nature. I figuratively trace evolution back through our connected structures of lines, patterns and cells; convulsing, bubbling, effervescent and free. As ornate as a piece of coral, as defined as a gum nut, as continuous as a snake, in this series i make connection between us and the fine organic beauty of the natural world. Even if it flickers with an individual for an instant, then the connection is made, and the pathway opens.
SEROTINY is a process used by a clever array of Australia's dramatic flora in order to adapt to infertile soils. Plants such as Eucalypts, Banksias, Waratahs, Paperbarks and Bottlebrushs. Instead of shedding their seeds, they keep them in their crowns and wait. These little beauties brimming with life, wait silently and proceed to pods. While the little caps become harder with age, they sit and wait for a fire to crack their shells and release them.
I use the process of SEROTINY as a metaphor for our own fire that is waiting to rip through. We also have seeds in our crowns. With age we protect who we are in hardened pods. When a cataclysmic change happens in our lives this is the catalyst for releasing that seed of new growth. Getting to our core is the root of existence. When fire rips through that opened pod will plant understanding. This is our SEROTINY. The releasing of our own seed and with that the song that sings within. With some nurture the eyes and heart can open to the astounding geometry that inhabits us."
Exhibition will run until the 24th of Decemaber