Clare Thackway's paintings use the suppleness of oil paint to rework the female figure as a form of communication. 'TIES' explores the diverse performances of womanhood: the presentation of youthful physical beauty, the grace and challenge of serving as mother or carer, the responsibilities of the working woman. The stretched poses of the figure suggest repeated movement, a muscle memory. Twisting fabric and the positioning of bodies echo a folding of these roles into one another over time. Human movement becomes a psychological semaphor and a non‑verbal translation of the push-pull flexibility required of women.
Clare Thackway has had recent solo shows at Canberra Contemporary Art Space and the Wellington Street Gallery, Sydney.