2002 – The Looking Glass in the Garden of the Interior
This series explored the psychological, social, and emotional phase of a girls life in coming of age, as seen through the artist’s own maternal experience. Ref Into the Woods, Mirror Mirror, Ennui. ‘The looking glass of maternal experience empathises with daughters, remembering girlhood by searching for the exact place where the bridge between childhood and adult life is located. …. here are the dangers and pleasures of childhood, the internal life of girls. Anna-Maria Dell’Oso -catalogue essay.
Late 1990’ early 2000’s – ‘Its all in the Mind’ series
In this series Valadon explored the psychological states that had shaped the patterns of her life and self-identity. Her roles as lover, mother, partner, friend.
They remain some of her most intriguing works in terms of their engagement with theoretical ideas about identity formation and gender. Sigmund Freud makes a significant entry as a doll held precariously in the hand of a young virile woman in It’s All in the Mind, 2001. This is a work of angry boundary breaking and exhilarating power. In Girl on a Swing, 1999, doll figures act out the conflicts of responsibility and the liberating choice to nurture the inner sensual child without shame. – Rod Pattenden, ‘Divine Burlesque’
1996 –The January Series, Pieta’s, The Offering
Valadon’s attention shifted towards a heightening of the sensual capacity of painting that included magnificently lush flower studies that were charged with an innate sexuality, filled with gaps, shadows and pungent aromas. The human figure also received an intimate observation as exampled in The Offering, where she demonstrated her focus on touch, as figures reach out in support and nurture. These works are her most intimate and arousing in terms of their sensual engagement. – Rod Pattenden ‘Divine Burlesque’.
She Left All her Troubles behind Her 2000, oil on canvas 122 x 167cm
The Hoop 1999, oil on canvas 137 x 152cm.
Finalist Portia Geach 1999 & Mosman Prize 2000
Its All in the Mind 2001, oil on canvas 213 x 167cm.
Finalist Sulman & Portia Geach Prizes 2000, MUAC
Balancing Act 2000, oil on canvas 213 x 167cm.
Finalist Portia Geach 2000, MUAC
Its all in the Mind II (Mad Girl), oil on canvas 137 x 153cm
A Matter of Balance, oil on canvas 137 x 153cm.
Commended Mosman Art Prize 2000
Girls on a Swing 1999, oil on canvas 122 x 152cm.
Macquarie University Art Collection
The Offering IV 1996, oil on wood 122 x 66cm
The Offering I 1996, oil on wood 122 x 66cm
The Offering II 1996, oil on wood 122 x 66cm
Pieta 1, oil on wood 122 x 183cm.
Uniting Church collection
Pieta II, oil on wood 122 x 183cm
The January Series I, 1993, pastel on stonehenge paper
The January Series II, 1993, pastel on stonehenge paper
The January Series III, 1993, pastel on stonehenge paper
The January Series IV, 1993, pastel on stonehenge paper
Current & Forthcoming Exhibitions
Hill End: Seven Decades, Group Exhibition, Penrith Regional Gallery, 4 March to 21 May 2017
Archibald Travelling Exhibition (Finalist work ‘The Scribbler’) Bega Valley Regional Gallery to 12 May 2017.
Rosemary Valadon is a multi-award winning Australian artist (the Blake Religious Art Prize, Portia Geach Portrait Prize, Muswellbrook Art Prize, amongst others). She is a regular finalist in the Archibald, Sulman, Blake, Portia Geach and Mosman prizes... read more