'Fodder' | Mirra Whale

24th July - 17th August 2019

2019 Archibald Prize finalist Mirra Whale explores the idea of finding beauty in the simplest of objects in her first solo exhibition at Mitchell Fine Art. Sydney based painter, printmaker and drawer, Mirra Whale uses her artworks to explore the aesthetics of everyday objects in her exhibition Fodder’. 

“I want to find beauty in the simplest of objects” says Whale. “To chase shadows that reach across the walls with fleeting light”.

Eluding to objects sometimes considered to be of little significance, for Mirra Whale, ‘Fodder’ is the ‘stuff’ people tend to accumulate over time in their private spaces.  These are the things that interest her as she aims to find the splendor in these ‘bits and pieces’. My paintings are an intimate tribute to the everyday possessions that we surround ourselves with – the fodder of life”. 

Challenging our understanding of these objects Whale presents them in a traditional still life composition. Celebrating the potential beauty of these common place objects, that are so often excluded from traditional still life artworks.

Mirra Whale has also added ceramicist to her repertoire with a series of delicate still life drawings on hand made ceramic platters that will hang alongside numerous intricate oil paintings and works on paper.

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  1. Mirra Whale - Feast from the sea 1 - 44x44cm Sold
    Mirra Whale | Feast from the Sea 1

    44 x 44 cm

    stoneware with underglaze

     
  2. Mirra Whale - 'Reaching nasturtium Ruby Street' 51x41cm Sold
  3. Winter red poppies and smoked trout debris

    71 x 81cm

    oil on linen

    $5,200.00
  4. Mirra Whale - White still life with geranium - 71x81cm Sold
  5. Mirra Whale - Sardines with lemon - 20x25cm Sold
    Sardines with lemon

    20 x 25cm

    oil on board

     
  6. Pumpkin, sardines and praying mantis shadow

    61 x 92cm

    oil on linen

    $5,200.00
  7. Ripening Lemons Hill End

    41 x 51cm

    oil on linen

    $3,300.00
  8. mirra whale | Pink climbing roses on Campbell Lane

    51 x 41cm

    oil on linen

    $3,300.00
  9. Morgan Street sidewalk rose

    51 x 41cm

    oil on linen

    $3,300.00
  10. Mackerel on tin plate

    51 x 41cm

    oil on linen

    $3,300.00
  11. Dinner wish

    41 x 51cm

    oil on linen

    $3,300.00
  12. Mirra Whale  - Northumberland Ave. gordonia - 51x41cm Sold
  13. Mirra Whale - Sal's Jug and Oysters - 35x37cm Sold
    Sal's jug and oysters

    35 x 37cm

    oil on linen

     
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