At first glance, the work of Australian artist Tanya Linney is beautiful; plain and simple. The colours, subject matter and delicate techniques produce a commanding piece of work. It’s only upon closer inspection that the viewer sees the true, sometimes not so beautiful aspects of her art.
Linney’s new exhibtion, Morphic Distortions, is inspired by her years working in the fashion industry both behind and in front of the camera. It’s the culmination of her personal experience and a sombre reflection on modern day society, celebrity culture, aesthetic value, the objectification of women and body image. Incorporating watercolour, sculpture and the use of plastic dolls, hair, stockings and make up, it’s a troubling critique on society, and one that is pleasantly confronting.
Morphic Distortions runs from 27 October – 7 November at Global Gallery, 5 Combre St Paddington NSW.