End of a Chapter
04/11/2022 - 24/11/2022
Dagmar Cyrulla paints what she is emotionally connected to — the people in her life, relationships and the psychology that underpins her connectedness to others and her networks.
In her new exhibition Cyrulla returns to her psychologically charged portraits. There is a humanity and candour to her paintings, which imbues them with an openness despite their specificity. To look at one of Cyrulla’s paintings is to sit in a state of comfortable silence, to have a sense of automatic intimacy, and to recognise some essential yet ineffable part of her subject. These tableaux of life not only reveal physical interiors, but also their subject’s psychological dimensions. Cyrulla’s works strike at the base notes of our existence, arresting the nuance of our everyday, which we so often skirt over (Tai Mitsuji).
“Inspiration for recent work came from looking through older photographs that I connected to emotionally… A process which unfolded during Covid. End of a Chapter became a unique opportunity to create images using material that I had collected over the years. Things I still needed to express”. (Dagmar Cyrulla, 2022)
Dagmar Cyrulla is a finalist in the 2022 Portia Geach Memorial Prize. This year her work was also selected for the Fisher Ghost Art Prize, Percival Portrait Painting Prize and Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize.