Kristina Tsoulis-Reay is concerned with articulating the visual properties of memory through painting. In Movements she captures women and girls during mundane, quotidian moments of introspection. These are intimate moments during which the human subject drifts and is absorbed into their surroundings. Her fluid brushstrokes create a sensory confusion that transforms and invigorates the photographic source. Each painting interacts in a continuum of separate (yet inseparable) images, mirroring the active form of memory, where disparate moments become linked across time and space. Tsoulis-Reay hints at the collective power present in the individual moment, suggesting the potential for groundswell, for change, for movement.
Tsoulis-Reay completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) at RMIT University in 2009 and a Master of Fine Arts at Monash University in 2014. She has held solo exhibitions at Sutton Gallery; Caves; St Heliers St Gallery; Light Projects; Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts and West Space. Her work was included in Painting, More Painting at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in 2016. Group exhibitions include shows at The Honeymoon Suite, Melbourne; Federation University, Gippsland; Monash Faculty Gallery, Melbourne; Milani Gallery, Brisbane; Utopian Slumps, Melbourne; Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne; One Minutes Foundation, The Netherlands.
Movements is the artist’s first exhibition at Gallery 9.