Fitzroy Library Exhibition Space, 128 Moor Street, Fitzroy
Paintings in acrylics and mixed media
2 May - 29 June 2013
Report by Cressida Fox
Displayed on the north wall of Fitzroy Library, as an adjunct to The Brooch Show 2013, are six abstract paintings by Rosemary Mangiamele. Many of her works come from an emotional journey of self discovery, others are of personal and other events, places and memories. After having worked for most of her life as an occupational therapist, she has chosen to use her skills as a painter to look at herself, and expose these images through art. They are like the pages of a diary that moves from the inside to the outside, like maps of an inner territory, onto the canvases and papers as abstract images.
Tsunami II, mixed media on paper, 46 x 57 cm, by Rosemary Mangiamele
Tsunami II, in writhing green forms of rushing waters and devastation, covers a subject of appalling tragedy which would have touched many of us personally or emotionally. In contrast, Pondering is one of her “inside” works; the red path-like forms flowing and interacting like thoughts.
Pondering, acrylic on paper, 94 x 74 cm, by Rosemary Mangiamele
Another “inside” work is Searching For Stillness, filled with a frenzy of images and white lines. Interrelation and Liminal Places are also of things that come from within. Rainforest Remembrance, with its bands of vegetational images, could be a memory of a place visited, or a forest long gone.
Rainforest Remembrance, acrylic on paper, 112 x 83 cm, by Rosemary Mangiamele
I thought these were lovely works. Do have a look when you visit The Brooch Show 2013!****