CARLA MCRAE

Memory Banquet


Solo exhibition, 2018.


5 December 2018 — 26 January 2019, Lamington Drive
There is a soft part of my memory that I like to reach back to, where the food from the books and films I watched as a child are stored forever. A visceral formative feeling lives in the shape of a slice of bread, curve of a plate, plumpness of a cherry, a gingham picnic blanket. They are mental screenshots of deliciousness in form and colour.

Growing up on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Carla spent her childhood obsessing over cartoons and pop culture. She recalls these images, now detached from their original plot, like works of art that have resonated deeply within. Embedded in her mind through repetition and obsession, years of watching and re-watching, tracing the forms and lines, and fantasising about flavours and textures, these humble vignetted meals have become more memorable than the narratives surrounding them.

Memory Banquet is a tribute to those nostalgic delicacies, explored through a series oil pastel drawings on paper and tactile wooden sculptures. In this new body of work, the balance of shape, colour, and negative space combines with texture and touch - familiar and tender. Memory Banquet is a contemplation and celebration of the profoundly simple joys that can shape how we feel, think and see.



Studio process / photo: On Jackson Street


Studio process / photo: On Jackson Street


Super shaggy sando (oil pastel on paper) 690mm (w) x 840mm (h) / photo: On Jackson Street


Studio process / photo: On Jackson Street


In the studio / photo: On Jackson Street


Gallery installation / photo: On Jackson Street


(L) Picnicin' (oil pastel on paper) 680mm (w) x 845mm (h) 
(R) A cake for the school fete (oil pastel on paper) 675mm (w) x 920mm (h) 
 


Gallery installation / photo: On Jackson Street


Eggs? ... Eggs? ... Egggsss? (oil pastel on paper) 930mm (w) x 630mm (h)



Gallery installation / photo: On Jackson Street


Bella Notte (oil pastel on paper) 710mm (w) x 350mm (h)


Blinky’s gum tip lolly (plywood, polymer clay, acrylic paint) 135mm x 250mm x 20mm / photo: Mark Lobo


(L) Cheer up cherry (oil pastel on paper) 420mm (w) x 505mm (h)
(R) Jelly bean bowl temptation (oil pastel on paper) 415mm (w) x 520mm (h)


Gallery installation / photo: On Jackson Street



Gallery installation / photo: On Jackson Street


Gallery installation / photo: On Jackson Street


Memory Banquet - Reference Bank Poster, Risograph Print, 420mm (w) x 594mm (h), edition of 100.


Cheese tableau / photo: Mark Lobo


Gallery installation / photo: On Jackson Street


Self sufficient Miff (oil pastel on paper) 1205mm (w) x 840mm (h)


We love our bread, we love our butter (plywood, acrylic paint) 250mm x 250mm x 40mm / photo: Mark Lobo


Frames by United Measures (detail) / photo: On Jackson Street






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.