22 April 2021

The Impulse of Hysteria

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The Impulse of Hysteria is showing at Belco Arts Centre from 14 May to 27 June 2021. Artwork: Clementine by Ashley Cullen.

14 May – 27 June 2021
Opening 6pm Friday 14 May

Sometimes vulnerable and often intimate, The Impulse of Hysteria confronts the messy aspects of being human on blunt and uneasy terms. In a collection of thirty paintings, Ashley Cullen’s first solo exhibition imagines a visceral world of faces and bodies. Figures are left sitting hunched and twisted in voids of churning colour, their expressions swinging between angst and manic glee.

Inspired by mythic figures, tragedy and personal relationships, Ashley Cullen’s paintings deal explicitly with themes of love and loss as well as the fleeting yet intense emotions that characterise us as uniquely human. Her painting process is an intuitive one which blends together a mixture of imagination and direct observation, exploring the moment where artistic intention ends and the piece is surrendered to chance, accident and disorder. “That moment”, she says, “is the instant when the painting begins to take on a life of its own.”

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The details

What: The Impulse of Hysteria
When: 14 May to 27 June 2021. Opening 6:00 pm Friday 14 May
Where: Belco Arts, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, 2617
Costs: Free.

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