Mosman Art Prize 2022: Mosman Art Gallery

Thea Anamara Perkins is a finalist in the 2022 Mosman Art Prize with her entry Martin Connelly.⁠

‘Martin Connelly’ is based on one of our only photographs of our Kalkadoon ancestor. This painting continues my love of working with archives. ⁠

It examines the history of the records themselves contained in their materiality. In this case cut to frame his face and creased finely, the foxing of surrounding paper - textures effloresced in paint. A gentle meditation on the visible course of time, that echoes the passage of memory. ⁠

It plays with the implications of enlarging something tiny. A portal to a person, the traces of their history and my ancestry. The universal experience of researching - and quite simply - getting to know someone.'⁠

Thea Anamara Perkins⁠
Martin Connelly, 2022⁠
acrylic on board⁠
61 x 45.7 cm⁠