Heightened colour, expression and flesh. Emphasising the vulnerabilities of figures and remaining vague on the strict details, inviting the audience to connect and empathise. This is a safe space to consider human connection; an invitation to feel. I can feel a reaction in my gut when I view an artwork that is enamouring – and it is much more complex than simplistic emotional states like happiness or sadness. The figures play with gesture and bodily discomfort to complicate the viewers role and bring forth questions regarding voyeurism, consent and body confidence.

Liz Gridley’s first solo Melbourne exhibition, ‘Empathy, my witness’ has been possible thanks to the 2017 Graeme Hildebrand Foundation Major Prize and the support of
Off the Kerb Gallery, Collingwood.

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Artworks ‘They Fall‘  ‘Enquiry, Curiosity, Proclamation‘ and ‘Cloudscapes’ are featured through these links.

LG-1-ArdentGuard
Ardent Guard, 2018, Oil on Timber, 60x70cm. Sold

 

LG-2-Torment
Torment, 2018, Oil on Timber, 60x70cm. Sold

 

LG-3-Bare
Bare (Head of a Woman, without the horns of a Ram: After Jean Léon Gérôme), 2018, Oil on Timber, 60x70cm

 

LG-4-Exposed
Exposed, 2018, Oil on Timber, 60x70cm

 

LG-5-Insight
Insight, 2018, Oil on Timber, 60x70cm

 

LG-22-Inclination
Inclination, 2018, Oil on Timber, 60x70cm. Sold

 

LG-7-Witness
Witness, 2018, Oil on Aluminum, 86.5x139cm

 

LG-7-WitnessTrioSquare
Cloudscape Five Days, Witness, Cloudscape Six Days, as hung in ‘Empathy, My Witness’

 

 

LG-9-14SmallWorks
Small Works, 2018, Oil on Aluminum, Various sizes (Cloudscapes all Sold)

 

LG-15-TheyFall
They Fall, oil on MDF with rotating mechanism, 2017. 740mm x 740mm

 

LG-16-21SmallWorks
Small Works, 2018, Oil on Timber and Oil on Aluminum, Various sizes (Cloudscapes all Sold)

 

Wary
Wary, 2018, Oil on Timber, 20×25.4cm

 

Aspire
Aspire, 2018, Oil on Timber, 20×25.4cm

 

Withheld
Withheld, 2018, Oil on Timber, 20×25.4cm

 

Opening Night images by Ian Stubber