29 January 2021

Samstag Scholar and Artist Anne Wallace's Strange Ways

Anne Wallace's Strange Ways
Anne WALLACE, Writer’s Block, 2000, oil on canvas, University of South Australia Art Collection. Installation view, Anne Wallace: Strange Ways, Samstag Museum of Art. Photo: Sam Noonan.

Anne Wallace

Samstag Scholar

Born and raised in Brisbane in the 1970s and now based in Melbourne, Samstag Scholar Anne Wallace’s highly accomplished figurative paintings are as much about the textual as the pictorial.

Anne has an uncanny ability to tap into shared psyches, drawing upon the language of pop culture to combine the familiar with the unfamiliar. The moments conjured capture a tension between the real and the imagined; there is sexual and social confusion, vulnerability and violence, alienation and loneliness, feelings of the abject, and fantasies of power and revenge.

Anne joined the Samstag Museum of Art's Anna Zagala in conversation late last year. The former Samstag Scholar (1994) and subject of a major survey exhibition discusses her practice, how she thinks through her ideas, when she knows a painting is finished, and how painting has changed for her across three decades of making.

Strange Ways is the first major survey exhibition of Anne Wallace's work and includes works from the early 1990s through to the current day. Spanning three decades and bringing together works from public and private collections, this is the most comprehensive survey of the artist's practice to date.

Anne Wallace: Strange Ways is a QUT Art Museum touring exhibition, accompanied by a major publication featuring new essays by Gillian Brown, Curator at Samstag, Francis Plagne and Vanessa Van Ooyen, Curator at Qut.


Gallery: Installation view, Anne Wallace: Strange Ways, Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia. Photos: Sia Duff and Sam Noonan

For more, see unisa.edu.au/samstagmuseum. This podcast was recorded over Zoom on 26 November 2020 and produced by Denam Moore. ON ART features talks and conversation that follow the lead of contemporary art. ON ART is produced by Samstag and supported by the Gordon Darling Foundation and Solstice Publishing. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

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