Paula McLoughlin

"These screenprints are using a motif of a circle and target that I continue to use for a lot of different reasons. It started as homage to the artists who gave us a representation of a contemplative state with a political overtone. I have used this motif to represent a simple state of just existing and mark making through to being an abstraction of imagined conversations. Its purpose in my work is to initiate contemplation.

For this series of prints, I was reminiscing about road trips through farmland with the patterns in the paddocks and the rolls of hay just sitting there, settling into the ground waiting to be moved on.

This made me think about the many ways in which we as humans settle – we settle on ideas, we settle for things in life, we settle in conversations, settle in for the long haul and we strive to settle in a physical space – the list goes on. We equate settling with success because it underpins a resolution, and our desire for a final state.

We are told in so many ways that settling can be contentment. But in reality do we settle or is this really a continual contemplation and desire, hence the circles."

Paula McLoughlin, September 2019

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Recent exhibitions include
2020 Give me shelter, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne 2019 Settling, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne 2018 Hey Josef, Why So Square, Alternating Current Artspace, Melbourne 2017 Conversational, Tacit Contemporary, Melbourne 2016 Being Human, Beth Hulme Gallery, Melbourne 2015 A Conversation Between Josef & Jasper, Melbourne Replicate 2014 A Convergence of North and South, Beth Hulme Gallery 2012 Little Tragedies, Truth & Lies, Beth Hulme Gallery 2009 Watching a Space, Chrysalis Gallery, Melbourne 2008 Corners & Alleyways, Red Gallery, Melbourne
2021 Caravan, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne; Editions, Tacit Galleries 2020 20[2020], Tacit Galleries, Melbourne; Editions, Tacit Galleries 2019 Art Aviso No.1, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne; Editions, Tacit Galleries; Vitroform, Lord Coconut, Melbourne; Glow, Neon Parlour, Melbourne; Experimental Print Prize, Castlemaine Regional Gallery; Square Circle, Black Cat Gallery, Melbourne 2018 Editions, Tacit Galleries; Sphere, Off the Kerb Gallery, Melbourne; Impressions, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne 2017 Editions, Tacit Contemporary, Melbourne; Burnie Print Prize, Tasmania; Beth Hulme Gallery in Hobart 2016 Editions, Tacit Contemporary; Chroma, Beth Hulme Gallery, Melbourne; Chroma, Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop; Compact Print 2016, Umbrella Studio, Townsville; Impressions, Australian Print Workshop 2014 Swan Hill Print & Drawing Award, Swan Hill Regional Gallery; St Kilda Revisited, St Kilda Town Hall Gallery, Melbourne 2013 Fremantle Print Award 2012 The 75 Print Salute, 69 Smith St Gallery, Melbourne; Postcard Show, New Linden Art, Melbourne 2011 NBC Meshtec Screen Print Biennial, Tokyo, Japan 2010 Solander, London Print Workshop; Impressions, Australian Print Workshop 2008 Fremantle Print Award