Murders and Echoes by Clare McFarlane is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Melbourne. Recognised in Western Australia for her works that intertwine intricate patterning with detailed illustration, this selection of paintings focuses on her preoccupation with birds.
Through her engagement, McFarlane sees the beauty of birds in both their life and their death. In life, they echo the splendour of flight and represent delicately constructed creatures. In death, their fine bodies, broken and crushed, is a tragic sight, so filled with the poetry of loss.
McFarlane’s work has always reflected upon the impermanence of life; searching to understand the way we interpret the world and our constant need for order. Birds personify the short-lived and incorporeal existences in the world.
Image: Shuddering Echo I by Clare McFarlane, 2012, acrylic and aerosol paint on canvas, 1400x1000mm