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Marionettes February 21, 2011

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Samantha Everton

Marionettes

March 26 – April 9 2011

More of Samantha Everton. There has always been something unsettling and yet strangely familiar about Samantha Everton’s imagery. It lures us in and holds us spellbound as we ponder the source of our curious fascination. Everton’s innate ability to access the subliminal in sumptuous visual narratives of cross-cultural, sociological and psychological relevance, along with the unerring integrity of her photographic processes has gained her international recognition. At the prestigious Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3) 2010, she achieved 1st Place in the Portrait category, 3rd Place in the Fine Art category and an Honourable Mention.

Samantha Everton will launch her latest series of photographic art Marionettes at Anthea Polson Art, Main Beach, Queensland, in March 2011. As with previous series, Utopia, Vintage Dolls, Childhood Fears and Catharsis, the new body of work accesses realms of the uncanny that Everton calls ‘magic realism’. ‘I love surrealism,’ she explains, ‘Dali, Escher – pictures where there’s something extra if you look a little closer.’ Marionettes extends her visual exploration of interior states of being, but here the focus has shifted from that of the child’s to ‘grown-up’ issues of isolation and loss of control amidst everyday domestic situations. The works examine the overwhelming impact modern society can have on the individual’s sense of purpose as external, and often media-driven pressures invade the most private spaces of mind.

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