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Blue Rinse

April 27 -  May 26, 2018

 
 
Buxom Blue and Sure & Natural Flesh Blush - installation view
 
 
Perky Lavender and Tomboy Avocado - installation view
 
 
front gallery - installatioin view
 
Welcome to the uncanny world of Emily Hartley-Skudder. Her small paintings and some of the even smaller objects within them may have started in the dolls house, but their strange artifice and squeaky clean light are distinctly contemporary. So too is their palette, which is both sweet with nostalgia and current in a cosmetic sort of way. Hartley-Skudder is an utterly convincing painter. Highlights, shadow, contours, and the volume of every form – everything is wondrously in its place.
 
back gallery - installatioin view 
back gallery - installatioin view
What surprises in this new project however, is the installed context for the paintings which allows Hartley-Skudder to toy with the tropes of the bathroom showroom: life-size front-on presentation, careful colour coding, high shine and immaculate grout. The artist’s research has been meticulous and her show very generous. It is a joy to behold. Tiled splash-backs and hand-basins, sometimes with pedestals all the way to the ground; treasures from the powder rooms of the past have been lovingly re-presented with paintings placed as part of them. The paintings mimic their surrounds, reproducing details of form and finish but with other objects added – plastic flowers, bottles and swizzle sticks for example. They riff on notions of still life but with body memory and the bathroom evocatively foregrounded. Hartley-Skudder’s basins become painted stages for a playful and surreal selection of plastic things.
 
Mrs Powder Fresh - detail
     Buxom Blue - detail 
Titles such as Buxom Blue, Sure & Natural Flesh Blush and Lemon-Lime Sweetheart personify expectations of both feminine beauty and a woman’s work in the home. Might Mrs Powder Fresh refer as much to the cleaning of the bathroom as it does the careful application of (a powder) foundation? And yes, that is indeed a biggish bottle of cleaning detergent painted into Miss Apricot & Lilac Glow.
 
Miss Apricot & Lilac Glow - detail
      Sure & Natural Flesh Blush - detail
 
This in part answers the question as to why an increasingly celebrated young artist would show her paintings in such carefully tiled surrounds. It is a fascinating extension of painting. And she has done it before – tailoring paintings to particular rooms in Showhome, an exhibition in a furnished showhome in the new Wigram Skies development, Christchurch, in 2013.
So, here we really do have paintings for the bathroom. Who’d have thought? In Hartley-Skudder world, form stares down function in increasingly witty and novel ways.
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Perky Lavender_detail
     Tomboy Avocado_detail 
 
 
Shy Rose Next Door_detail
     Lemon-Lime Sweetheart_detail 
 
 

Selected works

 


Lemon-Lime Sweetheart
Lemon-Lime Sweetheart

 

Miss Apricot & Lilac Glow
Miss Apricot & Lilac Glow

 

Mrs Powder Fresh
Mrs Powder Fresh

 

Buxom Blue
Buxom Blue

 

Sure & Natural Flesh Blush
Sure & Natural Flesh Blush

 

Perky Lavender
Perky Lavender

 

Tomboy Avocado
Tomboy Avocado

 

Shy Rose Next Door
Shy Rose Next Door

 

List of works

Lemon-Lime Sweetheart, 2018
mixed media, including: ceramic tiles on aluminum composite panel, found sink, oil on linen  
$9500

Miss Apricot & Lilac Glow, 2018
mixed media, including: ceramic tiles on aluminum composite panel, found sink, oil on linen  
$9500

Mrs Powder Fresh, 2018
mixed media, including: ceramic tiles on aluminum composite panel, found sink, oil on linen  
$9500

Buxom Blue, 2018
mixed media, including: ceramic tiles on aluminum composite panel, found sink, oil on linen  
$9500

Perky Lavender, 2018
mixed media, including: ceramic tiles on aluminum composite panel, found sink, oil on linen  
$8200

Tomboy Avocado, 2018
mixed media, including: new old stock self-adhesive shelf liner on aluminum composite panel,
found sink, oil on linen  
$8200

Sure & Natural Flesh Blush, 2018
mixed media, including: new old stock self-adhesive shelf liner on aluminum composite panel,
found sink, oil on linen  
$9500

Shy Rose Next Door, 2018
mixed media, including: new old stock self-adhesive shelf liner on aluminum composite panel,
found sink, oil on linen  
$8200

Prices include GST