Marisa Purcell | Loom

10 February – 5 May 2016


At every vertex of Indra’s Net* lies a multi-faceted jewel. Each jewel contains the reflection of all other jewels, and in each reflected jewel are the reflections of all the other jewels in that, and so on ad infinitum.


Loom is a visual imagining of this cosmic interconnected tapestry through a playful improvisation with paint.  Pulsating fields of dots conceal an underlying substrate and membrane-like veils are pierced, revealing pin pricks of light that preview an ultimate, united space.


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This body of work began with a motivation to gain a glimpse into unfathomable vastness.  The language of abstraction allows for a non-cognitive dialogue with the unified field, where the process of painting itself reveals previously unimagined possibilities.  The result is a series of paintings that seem to arise from nothing, as though they are atoms springing into existence from the cosmic void.


Born in 1971, the artist lives and works in Sydney. Marisa has three degrees in visual arts and arts administration. She has taught for over a decade, in private studio workshops and at the National Art School, Sydney College of the Arts and the Art Gallery of New South Wales and has been the recipient of a number of grants and awards.


Marisa has been widely exhibited and collected over the past two decades both nationally and internationally, with solo exhibitions in Australia, Hong Kong, Switzerland and France. She has participated in group exhibitions in Australia, Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong, China, Dubai and Switzerland. Marisa has completed residencies in Australia and in Italy, France and Switzerland.


This is Marisa’s first solo exhibition at Karen Woodbury Gallery.


*In the stories of the Veda, the God Indra throws a net over the palace on Mount Meru, the axis mundi of Hindu cosmology – a symbol of the interconnected universe.