CARLA MCRAE
Still. is a study of the ways in which we find and access feelings of calm, rest and focus. From familiar routines to small everyday acts of mindfulness, we create space for ourselves and others through ‘stillness’. It might be a slow rise, taking time, letting the mind wander with a walk, watering plants or sitting down to draw — sinking into our physical place and clearing out mental space with simple, solitary actions.

Using a primary and pastel colour palette, the drawings are rooted in the depiction of the everyday. Bright colours and bold, geometric shapes distill familiar scenes into simple forms. Characters drift through their worlds of solitude and clean, open space with a focused, serene disposition. Threads of good energy and positivity run through the works in the form of recurring shapes and objects tying the worlds together.

Core pieces in clean pigment marker lines are set alongside a shelf of 3D wooden objects, large-scale murals, a self published zine and a limited edition print. Familiarity, simplicity and openness provide space for the viewer to place themselves into the worlds depicted and to access their own sense of calm and stillness.


Photographs by Tatanja Ross / 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.