Our Knowing and Not Knowing

Helen Maudsley

Helen Maudsley
oil on canvas
52.5 x 40.0 cm
© Helen Maudsley

Our Knowing and Not Knowing: Helen Maudsley is an exhibition of recent work by this senior Melbourne artist.

Paintings and drawings not previously seen give an insight into Maudsley’s ongoing exploration of visual language and analogy. Abstract shapes, fragments of buildings, figures and landscapes emerge from graphic forms in these consuming works. Maudsley embraces ambiguity in her works, which she refers to as visual essays. A visual language, both personal and shared, of forms with rich and varied associations draw us into the artist’s reflections on human relationships and the world around her.

The exhibition features new paintings as well as a selection of Maudsley’s intricate drawings. Each work bears a poetic title which provides insight into the artist’s contemplations. Maudsley’s work encourages us to look closely and open our minds to association, analogy and ambiguity.