Friday, 17 January 2014

Nell Pearson "Boots" 9th December - 4th January

What an exciting show. Nell's confident use of colour and seemingly effortless flow with paint is a pure and satisfying experience for the viewer. It was such a privilege to host these works in our newly stained boxes. Our love of Nell's work was echoed in the large turn out and near sell out opening we had on Monday night. The rain backed off twenty minutes before the opening, it knew not to get in the way of this show. Thanks clouds. Thanks Nell!

Artist Statement

The process of making these works was one of continual change. Under each painting are multitudes of paintings that didn’t cut the mustard, but which contribute to the final image in some small way. Rather than beginning with an image or an idea for an image, I often begin by making aimless marks, drawing lines that delineate spaces and making decisions from there in a purely intuitive capacity. Almost as though I take the role of an observer and I welcome and consider whatever steps upon the stage.  Somewhere within the sliding scale of abstraction and representation, images surface and disappear and surface again. I see these kinds of work as ways to experience the enigmatic phenomena of mental experience, to access the unconscious.

My attraction to this approach is related to an interest in Zen Buddhism, Tao and the I Ching and other philosophical or spiritual systems organised on the basis of surrendering control. Within that there is the notion of improvisation as a way to transcend intention, to welcome chance interferences so that as the work is a kind of discovery.

The resulting works I hope are experiences not unlike dreams – quite apart from the logic of everyday, and not to be decoded like symbols to unlock a specific meaning but to be apprehended, felt and considered. 


Nell Pearson was born in Brisbane, the third of five children, to a psychiatrist father and an artist mother. She grew up on a farm in Newrybar, just inland from Byron Bay. Nell has travelled, studied fine arts at Julian Ashton School of Art, some of a Bachelor of Arts at La Trobe and went to RMIT for a second before she finally began studying Painting at the VCA where she is now.  

Melissa Wilson "Cut, Removed + Exposed" 11th November - 7th December 2013

Melissa Wilson creates abstract sculptures that are both visceral and aesthetically pleasing. Her subdued colours and fluid forms create a feeling of familiarity as well as a mild disconcertion, as if you are looking at a very pretty representation of your own organs. The sculptures themselves are quite complex, fabric is sculpted, sewn and manipulated around fine skeletal structures. It was a pleasure to host Melissa's show at RAS!

Artist Statement

This body of work includes fabric abstract sculptures. Mapping time and growth has been an important theme in my work. Organic forms in nature influence these sculptures made with various opaque and translucent fabrics, which investigate branching out and regenerating new growth. 


Melissa Wilson is currently studying her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art) at The Victorian College of Art, Melbourne 2012-2014

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