CARLA MCRAE

Full Sun


Solo exhibition, 2017.


30 March — 22 April 2017, Boom Gallery.

Full Sun is a reflection on a summer spent in Iceland. Co-existing with lava fields, waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers and craters; shrunken down and humbled by powerful, epic versions of nature. A hyper-awareness of these forces in a land of extreme contrasts. An ever-present sun crawls across the sky, never sinking below the horizon and glowing clusters of colourful rooftops. Time moves slowly sleeping under mountains beneath a midnight sun, with a calmness and melting in the chest.

Using a muted primary and pastel colour palette, the pigment marker drawings evoke the forms of nature. Depicting figurative and semi-abstracted scenes, reduced to vignettes of simple line-work and geometry. These pieces are set alongside a series of wood cut reliefs, using distilled, full opaque blocks of colour to create quiet, tranquil forms. A mural and self published risograph zine accompany these core pieces to create a wholly calming and encompassing space for the viewer to immerse themselves in.


Photos by Carolyn West



I respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, who are the traditional custodians of the land on which I live and work.
Sovereignty was never ceded. I pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging.