AMBER WALLIS
FLIPPING THE SLIP
6–30 NOVEMBER 2013

The new work presented in Flipping the Slip is at once a continuation of her loose-feeling landscape painting and also a subtle move into different terrain. Wallis remains concerned with the nature and process of painting but explores the compositions’ loose geometric forms, abstracted and their cut off extremities. There is a sense of floating and the continual lyrical movement present in her works merges with her ever-present concern for colour as she further dissects the works into more abstraction than we have previously seen.

The title, Flipping the Slip stems from a number of restrictions placed on her recent practice: a limited painting palette, a loose desire to paint landscapes upside down, a compulsion to paint works out-doors and the treatment of the canvas like a drawing – by not excessively reworking the surface. Her canvases have always been continually flipped within her painting process but this is even more evident in the new work. Some landscapes have even become flipped with hints of clouds upside-down. Some works reference other painters directly as a nod to their imagery, yet Wallis assimilates the references into her own artistic language.

Wallis was born in New Zealand in 1978, has spent recent years living in Melbourne before relocating to Bangalow, in the Northern NSW, where she currently resides and works. She completed a BA in Visual Photomedia from the ANU School of Art, ACT (formerly the Canberra School of Art), during which she undertook an exchange at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Canada, and holds a Master of Visual Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. In 2008 she won the prestigious Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, after which she worked from studios at ISCP, New York, Redbird Studios, Montreal and the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.

In 2012, Wallis was the cover feature of Australian Art Collector, an 8-page article, ‘Psychoactive Painting’ by Carrie Miller, and was also profiled by Artist Profile for the magazine’s Melbourne Art Fair issue. She has had frequent solo exhibitions with Utopian Slumps in Melbourne and in September/October 2013, Wallis’ work was featured in The Feminine Optic: Perspectives on the Landscape at Tamworth Regional Gallery, curated by Andrew Frost. The artist’s work is held in the Artbank and Arthur Roe Collections as well as various private collections in Australia and internationally.