CARLA MCRAE

The Form is the Feeling

Solo exhibition, 2021


10 June — 11 July 2021, Boom Gallery


I’ve been enjoying exploring new processes of navigating and translating my internal dialogue with the world — finding more nuanced ways of giving form to feelings. Shape, colour, line and texture offer a freeing, invigorating and consoling place to retreat to when the world feels uncertain and fractured.

The work in this show was created over a two year period, spanning a residency in Belgrave in 2019 exploring new mediums and processes, drawing as meditative exercise during the isolation of 2020, and bringing it all together this year in the studio.

'The Form is the Feeling' is a space where the mind and body can come to rest. These new works evoke the forms of nature and emotion, radiating energy, life and colour. How to express the optimism of a morning, warmth of the sun, blades of grass in a breeze, the melancholy of nostalgia? Can one find a portrait of the self in the shape of a leaf or a flower? What colour captures the essence of a feeling? How to hold the micro and macro, light and dark, in the same hand all at once? Sometimes it is a comfort to know that a perfect puzzle of fragmented pieces makes something whole.

︎ See available works ︎︎︎ HERE



Installation view. Silence, the green silence, 2021, soft pastel and oil pastel on paper, 1090mm x 790mm. Photo: Carli Wilson

Installation view. Photo: Carli Wilson

Installation view. Sun stretch, 2021, gouache on wood blocks, plywood, 100mm x 100mm. Languid mood, 2021, gouache on wood blocks, plywood, 140mm x 95mm. A deep breath, 2021, gouache on wood blocks, plywood, 205mm x 130mm. Photo: Carli Wilson

Installation view. Feels like flow, 2021, ink on paper, 491mm x 474mm. The Feeling Wheel, 2021, plywood, poly filler, acrylic paint, 320mm x 320mm. Feels like love, 2021, ink on paper, 486mm x 486mm. Photo: Carli Wilson

Ambient mix I (detail), 2021, NZ Wool and Artsilk hand tufted cut pile rug,1600mm x 2300mm. Photo: Carli Wilson


Sunlight, 2021, ink on paper, 576mm x 576mm. Photo: Mark Lobo

Installation view. Photo: Carli Wilson

A flower Ive seen / a flower thats seen me, 2021, plywood, poly filler, acrylic paint, 275mm x 190mm x 30mm. Photo: Mark Lobo

The Feeling Wheel, 2021, plywood, poly filler, acrylic paint, 320mm x 320mm

Installation view. Todays looking at you, 2021, soft pastel and oil pastel on paper, 1090mm x 890mm. Photo: Carli Wilson

Ambient mix I & 2 (detail), 2021, NZ Wool and Artsilk hand tufted cut pile rugs,1600mm x 2300mm each. Photo: Carli Wilson

Green, 2021, ink on paper, 476 mm x 436mm. Photo: Mark Lobo

Installation view. Photo: Carli Wilson

In the studio




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.