Shelley McKenzie / Home Front

We are thrilled to welcome local artist and Boom regular Shelley McKenzie back to the Gallery for her new solo exhibition Home Front.

Shelley says in relation to this latest series to be shown at BoomGallery: “Gertrude Stein’s companion Alice Toklas observed it was through polishing furniture she understood the real beauty of it. Daily home rituals of cleaning and organising living space underpin these paintings – the activities and living conditions of those who stay at home.”

She describes her work as being about the process of making. “Each step in the creative process mobilises an aspect of being … My practice reflects my interest in the organising of space through the push and pull of layers of paint and other media. Incorporated into the layering are fragments of objects, shapes and patterns that are part of my physical environment and emotional geography.”

McKenzie is an established artist who has exhibited extensively throughout Australia, her work is held in both private and public collections. McKenzie lives in a small rural town outside of Geelong surrounded by bushland, her home environment is often reflected in the themes and motives of her work.

Exhibition continues until June 10