Out of Touch 2006 

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exhibition at Flinders Lane Gallery 

blog review by Sean Payne

'During her travels Melinda Schawel developed a habit of trawling book stores and flea markets, unearthing bundles of old correspondence, most of which was in languages unfamiliar to her. She found these old forgotten letters and postcards to be poignant and unsettling, and inspiration for this recent body of works. In an image saturated society, Schawel’s works give the viewer welcome relief with their subtle shifts of light and shape. There is a gentle melancholy to these paintings that echo the words and evoke the memories of long ago friendships.

When used as social or political statement text can often alter our experience of the visual arts. However, Schawel uses scraps of foreign text not only for it’s aesthetic qualities, but to create her own visual language, one that might serve as a bridge across cultures when words alone cannot.'

Phe Luxford/Claire Harris 2006

A selection of related works exhibited in group shows