Resonance

Dominique Merven
EXHIBITION  RUNS
   
August
   
3
 -  
August
   
14
Resonance - A reference to music, memory and echoes from the past.

INFORMATION

Resonance is a reference to music, memory and echoes from the past. My practice has a focus on nostalgia and its associated idealism, melancholy beauty and bittersweet impossibility. Using a range of symbolic and natural elements, some relevant to my past and some picked at random, I create ambiguity-filled collage-like compositions that attempt to emulate the erratic and senseless nature of dreams, and the reimagined histories they present to us, like tableaux of a memory cache. The ‘oddities’ in my work, such as missing eyes, black voids and objects melting into others suggest the ‘cut’ or interrupted nature of the dreaming subconscious.

 

The inspirational jumping-off point for these works was the world of retro vinyl album cover art, particularly from the 60s and 70s. I grew up surrounded by the images and long songs of the progressive rock era, as my dad would play his many albums day in and day out. My works - similar in scale and style - are a nod to these often surreal and mysterious album cover artworks. 

 

The vinyl cover format and borrowing of real-world album cover design pull my slightly ethereal themes back to human culture, while the lack of accompanying music or practical purpose lend them a vagueness, like an obtuse, suspended historicity. In this sense, they become a vehicle via which I can express my own ideas of nostalgia.

Resonance is a reference to music, memory and echoes from the past. My practice has a focus on nostalgia and its associated idealism, melancholy beauty and bittersweet impossibility. Using a range of symbolic and natural elements, some relevant to my past and some picked at random, I create ambiguity-filled collage-like compositions that attempt to emulate the erratic and senseless nature of dreams, and the reimagined histories they present to us, like tableaux of a memory cache. The ‘oddities’ in my work, such as missing eyes, black voids and objects melting into others suggest the ‘cut’ or interrupted nature of the dreaming subconscious.

 

The inspirational jumping-off point for these works was the world of retro vinyl album cover art, particularly from the 60s and 70s. I grew up surrounded by the images and long songs of the progressive rock era, as my dad would play his many albums day in and day out. My works - similar in scale and style - are a nod to these often surreal and mysterious album cover artworks. 

 

The vinyl cover format and borrowing of real-world album cover design pull my slightly ethereal themes back to human culture, while the lack of accompanying music or practical purpose lend them a vagueness, like an obtuse, suspended historicity. In this sense, they become a vehicle via which I can express my own ideas of nostalgia.

FEATURED  WORKS

‍Two Places,2017, coloured pencil and pastel on watercolour paper, 30 x 30 cm

Suzy’s Leura House, 2016, coloured pencil and pastel on watercolour paper, 30 x 30 cm

 

Blue Bay, 2017, coloured pencil and pastel on watercolour paper, 30 x 30 cm

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