TONEE MESSIAH|
SOCIETY OF ISLAND UNIVERSES
30 SEPT – 17 OCT 2009

TONEE MESSIAH
As Long As I Am Breathing, You Are With Me  2009
ink, acrylic and oil pastel on paper
64.2 × 47.7 cm

TONEE MESSIAH
Ash In The Dirt That You Walk On 2009
acrylic on linen
122 × 112 cm

TONEE MESSIAH
Chest Of Blue’s Grey’s And White  2009
watercolour and acrylic on paper
56 × 76 cm

TONEE MESSIAH
We Haven’t Met, But I Think You’re Perfect  2009
acrylic on linen
122 × 91.5 cm

 TONEE MESSIAH  I’m Scared Of You So Fuck Off   2009 mixed media on paper 47.5 × 64 cm

TONEE MESSIAH
I’m Scared Of You So Fuck Off  2009
mixed media on paper
47.5 × 64 cm

TONEE MESSIAH
Longing To Be Missed For 2009
screen print, acrylic and pen on paper
56 × 76 cm

TONEE MESSIAH
Moments After  2009
acrylic on linen
91 × 10.6 cm

TONEE MESSIAH
Night Will Fall On My Dead Body And The Sun Will Still Rise 2009
acrylic and charcoal on linen
136.5 × 117 (dimensions variable)

TONEE MESSIAH
The Way You Think It Is, How You Wish It Could Be 2009
mixed media on paper
76 × 56 cm

TONEE MESSIAH
Tightening Chest And Thinning Hair 2009
watercolour, charcoal, acrylic and ink on paper
76 × 57.5 cm

TONEE MESSIAH
Waiting Room A 2009
charcoal, acrylic and watercolour on paper
94.2 × 77.5 cm

TONEE MESSIAH
Waiting Room B 2009
charcoal on paper
76 × 57.5 cm

TONEE MESSIAH
Far Too Intelligent To Listen To You 2009
acrylic and charcoal on linen and canvas
91.5 × 137 cm

TONEE MESSIAH
You Will Miss Me When I Turn Around,
When You Have No One
2009
lino print, acrylic, ink and collage on paper
56 × 77 cm


Tonee Messiah’s work captures poetic and fleeting moments – a quiet gesture, a knowing smile, or a lonely instant. While Baudelaire’s flaneur traverses the city streets via it’s rhythms and flows, Messiah wanders through the landscapes of human relationships, making gentle observations on her way.

The works in Society of Island Universes contain intimate glimpses of the idiosyncratic relationships between humans that fill and decorate our lives. Messiah's subjects reveal the human yearning for communion and connection while ultimately suggesting that our experiences and memories are our alone, and to share them is both a struggle and feat.
In The Way You Think It Is, How You Wish It Could Be, two figures have been divorces from one another by a flood of memories. Trees on a geometric landscape, a pig, wires and a reclining ghost seem to forge a gulf between the subjects, who gaze at each other longingly, but ultimately stand alone.

Society of Island Universes includes both mixed media drawings on paper and acrylic works on canvas.

This is Tonee Messiah's third solo show at Gallery 9. Her works are held in a number of public and private collections.