TitleRitual Habitual 2
Place of originCanberra, ACT
Mediumacrylic and oil on canvas
Dimensions191 x 91cm
CreditWinner Calleen Art Award 2023
Marie Hagerty examines the matter of life through paintings, collage and drawing that incorporate the curvilinear surface forms of biomorphic abstraction, together with increasing references to figurative imagery suffused with erotic emphasis. Her works are constantly shifting between figuration and abstraction creating alluring and refined hybrid-images that seem to be arrested in movement, space and time. Her influences are varied and idiosyncratic mingling references to historical and contemporary art of the Bauhaus to the Kama Sutra's nebulous forms, as well as the emotionally raw works of Francis Bacon and Auguste Rodin; a sensual line-up, conjuring an ambiguous heartbeat deep within.