“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.” Stella Adler
I'm Kylie Rawson, a visual artist born in Western Australia. Having spent my formative years travelling throughout the South of Australia, between Perth and Melbourne, I received my Bachelor of Visual Arts from Melbournes' Monash University in 2005. The same year I was awarded the Tolarno Art Prize, where three promising artists from Melbourne Universities were selected.
My painitngs explore portraiture and landscape, with an interest for the deconstruction and reconstruction invovled in the painting process that has come to the forefront of my practice over the years. It has become important for me to work from photographs as it allows me the time to study the subject, not only as a person or landscape but as a visual construction and emotional/conscious reflection.
My newer works involve taking photographs specifically for photo-collages, a method that serves to show the multiplicity of perception involved in real experience and limited by the photographic medium. I create an assembly of multiple canvasses that mirror the collage, and then interpret the photo-construct intuitively. I have recently begun to suspect that an emotive/intuitive aesthetic perception of experience and it's lived remembrance, through captured light, can tap into something human, for the viewer as well as the artist.