Image: Wendy Sharpe, Ghosts, Mosman Art Gallery, 2020 - 2021, photo by Tim Connolly
Last days to catch this major immersive exhibition by Sydney/Paris based artist Wendy Sharpe.
In this new exhibition, acclaimed Australian artist Wendy Sharpe has created a series of major new site specific mural paintings for the exhibition spaces within the gallery. The ephemeral mural works are accompanied by other oil paintings and works on paper from Sharpe’s studio based practice that explore the intersection between real and imagined worlds - the seen and unseen - and our human experiences of the spirit world.
The phenomena of the unseen worlds of spirits and ancestry, along with the dialogue between perception and experience, the eye and the
brain, are subjects that have long fascinated Sharpe. The exhibition title Ghosts also has a personal connection to
Sharpe’s own Russian-Jewish ancestry. She references this family history as well as Victorian ‘ghost’ photographs from the late 19th
century, where double exposure created portraits that also seemed to capture a lurking spirit within them. Sharpe uses such images as a
basis to explore the cultivated beliefs that lie within us, beliefs formed through our ancestral lines, or beliefs generated by the public
discourse of our times as well as those inexplicable beliefs about the spirit world that are innate and intuitive to ourselves.