Madeleine Love’s exhibition Chroma Sutra is a beautiful and colourful expression in which she marries the concepts of eastern studies with painting. She states of the show: ‘The exhibition unites a number of strands of my practice involving an eight year study and practice of yoga, tantra and Vedic philosophy and a rigorous exploration into the materiality and handling of pigments and classical painting techniques under the guidance and mentorship of pure abstractionist Charlie Sheard.’ Love imbues the images with am other-worldly quality that entrances.
Chroma refers to the intensity of colour, while Sutra means thread, or strand in Sanskrit or ‘the line that holds things together’. The exhibition features a number of Love’s works, several of which she creates with ink on archival paper. While most of the paintings feature abstracts in a riot of colour, three are monochromes that work equally well. The images are sensuous and vibrant, creating an arresting impressionistic take on the expressions of the body.
Chroma Sutra is on until 20 August at the Stirrup Gallery, Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville.