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MARS Gallery presents Casey Jeffrey: 'spotting the differences'
Young Melbourne artist Casey Jeffery’s nostalgic paintings are a celebration of Australian suburbia, transcending the mundane, humble home with psychedelic charm.
7 James St Windsor
Laying Sheets (Wool Blanket) 2, 2019; acrylic and oil on board; 60 x 70cm
Opening Thursday 20 June 5-7pm, Casey Jeffrey’s new body of work comprises ultra-smooth, colourful depictions of ornamentation characteristic to the post-war, brick-front houses of Melbourne suburbia, offering a nuanced reading of Australian domestic life. Her carefully planned compositions and unique combination of hard-edge and free-hand painting strips seemingly common design features of context, elevating them for contemplation.
Having just completed her honours year at VCA, Jeffery’s paintings have shifted focus in subject to the stripe – specifically the familiar striped fabrics of Brella window awnings found on the facades of inner city and suburban homes.
‘The seemingly banal observations of the structures that are built around us, can explain a lot about one’s own identity and what it means to be here geographically in Australia today.’
'spotting the differences' will run from June 20 to July 6 in the main gallery