artist : Lamb, Joanna
High Rise 7, 2009
acrylic on canvas, 170 x 120cm
There’s something quite ominoius and unsettling about Joanna Lamb’s latest collection of paintings. Moving away from her usual works of suburban and urban exteriors, the artist opens the door to focus on interiors. The scenes are taken from the pages of real estate brochures, recreated in blocks of colour, somehow creating an all-too-familiar, yet eerily 2-dimensional interior landscape. Each scene is captured in 2 mirrored works, with changes in colour evoking different emotional responses.
“These paintings acknowledge the power of mechanical reproduction which is reinterred in everything from Lamb’s systematic mediated process to her carefully constructed compositions.”
The mirrored pairs can be interpreted by the eye as completely different scenes, but each seems devoid of life; a sad, cold, inanimate space, too perfect to be inhabited.